ACL reconstruction is a commonly performed procedure, with nearly 3000 procedures being performed annually in New Zealand. Surgical techniques vary, utilizing different grafts and surgical implants. New implants and surgical techniques are frequently introduced. Patient reported outcomes vary and the failure rate of ACL reconstruction is between 5-10%.
ACL reconstruction surgery benefits from having a prospective registry to assess the outcomes of ACL reconstruction. The reasons for this are identical to those that prompted the development of the New Zealand Joint Registry; including early identification of poorly performing implants or techniques, quality assurance, benchmarking and research.
The goal of the ACL Registry is to improve outcomes for patients undergoing ACL reconstruction in New Zealand.