Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction (ACLR) Registry

xrayThe ACLR Registry was established to provide standardized documentation among Kaiser Permanente's (KP) surgeons and health care providers in order to generate a database containing detailed information about procedure, technique, graft type, and types of fixation and implants.
Currently over 40 medical centers, 220 surgeons, in 8 KP regions are contributing to the Registry. As of January 2012 at least 16,000 cases have been registered, and over 4,000 cases are being registered annually.
The objectives of the ACLR Registry are to:
  • Identify risk factors that lead to degenerative joint disease, graft failure, meniscal failure, and failure to return to sports
  • Determine outcomes of various graft types, fixation techniques
  • Describe the epidemiology of ACLR patients
  • Determine and compare procedure incidence rate at participating sites
  • Provide framework for future studies tracking ACLR outcomes

Using Registry data, a number of research projects have been produced. This includes studies regarding ACLR incidence rate, meniscal and cartilage injury associated with time to ACLR, and repair and failure rates of injured menisci amongst patients undergoing ACLR. Three studies have been published with Registry data, and three abstracts were presented at recent AAOS conferences.