National Joint Registry INDIA - NJRI
A joint registry helps in continuous improvement of outcomes and aids the learning process.
Total joint replacement has become popular in India but has a long way to go before it gets streamlined. There are already very successful joint registries in other countries.
However, data from elsewhere cannot be generalized for India because of geographical, cultural and anatomical variations.
Some newer implants such as metal on metal joint replacements are being used in India with little emphasis on follow-up of these patients.
Nobody knows who is using these implants and what happens to the patients in the long-term.
Orthopaedic surgeons in India would be soon facing with a mammoth task of revision operations as increasing number of joint replacements are being done, the life expectancy continues to improve and patient expectations are increasing.
It would be worthwhile for Indian Orthopaedic surgeons to have their own results at hand and to keep track of their practice. Information from the joint registries can be used for patient education as well.