Trends in Total Joint Arthroplasty from the ABOS Files

    Dr. Thomas Bradbury and colleagues examined data provided by candidates for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Part II exam to uncover trends in joint replacement practice patterns among orthopaedic surgeons in the US.

    The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery’s (ABOS) case files provide a treasure trove of data on how orthopaedic practice has evolved since 1999, the year ABOS began requiring orthopaedic surgeons who wanted to take the Part II oral exam to submit a certified list of procedures they had performed during a 6-month period.

    Recently, Thomas Bradbury, MD, from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and his colleagues reviewed data from 2003 to 2013 to identify changing practice patterns in primary and revision total hip arthroplasty (THA) and total knee arthroplasty (THA), as well as early postoperative complications.

    The ABOS case files for that time period included more than 33,000 hip surgeries and more than 28,000 knee surgeries. Dr. Bradbury and colleagues reported their findings at the International Congress for Joint Reconstruction’s 2nd Annual Pan Pacific Orthopaedic Congress last year.

    We asked Dr. Bradbury to discuss the conclusions he and his colleagues drew from the ABOS data. Click the image below to hear his comments.


    Pour AE, Erens G, Bradbury T, Roberson J. Trend in Primary and Revision Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Among Those Who Take ABOS Part 2. Presented at the ICJR 2nd Annual Pan Pacific Orthopaedic Congress, July 22-25, Kona, Hawaii.