In 2020, Regenexx Tampa Bay received the award for best knee outcomes out of all of the Regenexx clinics in the United States.
This means that when patients were followed up by the Regenexx Registry they reported better knee outcomes than patients who had the same procedures at any other Regenexx clinic. Let’s dig into what a registry is and why this is important.
What Is a Patient Registry?
A registry is a data network where a medical provider or a large provider group can track patients for complications and outcomes over time.
Validated measurements are taken before a medical intervention and then sent to patients at set times after the intervention. Typically an electronic system pings patients, and then a staff member follows up if they don’t respond.
For example, for knee patients in the Regenexx Registry, the patient fills out an International Knee Documentation Committee Form (IKDC), a Lower Extremity Functional Scale (LEFS), a Numeric Pain Scale (NPS), and a subjective score of percentage improvement.
Patients are also asked questions about whether their procedure led to any complications or side effects. These are filled out before the procedure and then sent at one month, three months, six months, and annually. If any complications are reported, these are adjudicated by the treating physician as relatedness or severity.
Registries like this are used to track the success of orthopedic devices and in many other areas of medicine. While registry data always suffers from patients who fail to respond, the large numbers of patients being tracked allow for analyzing data in ways that smaller randomized controlled trials can not.
What Does it Mean to Have the Best Knee Outcomes?
Knee procedures are the most frequent type of bone marrow concentrate injections performed in the Regenexx Network.
So when comparing the outcomes of patients who underwent bone marrow concentrate procedures at Regenexx Tampa Bay to patients at more than 60 Regenexx facilities, the patients who were treated at Regenexx Tampa Bay on average reported better outcomes than those treated at any other location.