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Med J Aust. 2004 Mar 1;180(5 Suppl):S31-4.

The Australian Orthopaedic Association National Joint Replacement Registry.

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  • 1Australian Orthopaedic Association, University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC, Australia.


In the financial year ending June 2002, 26 689 hip replacements and 26089 knee replacements (total, 52778) were performed in Australia. Hip and knee replacement procedures have increased between 5%-10% each year for the past 10 years, with a combined increase in hip and knee replacement of 13.4% in the past year. The revision rate for hip replacement surgery in Australia is unknown but is estimated to be 20%-24%; the revision rate for hip replacement surgery in Sweden is 7%. Although data collection for the Registry is voluntary, it has 100% compliance from hospitals undertaking joint-replacement surgery.

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