Q&A: What have we learnt from two decades of data on joint replacements?

Over the past 20 years, revision rates have dropped dramatically, but that leads to a slight increase in revision for infection, says Professor Richard de Steiger

Rheumatology Update speaks with Professor Richard de Steiger, orthopaedic surgeon, and the Epworth Victor Smorgon Chair of Surgery at The University of Melbourne. Professor de Steiger is also deputy director of the Australian Orthopaedic Association National Joint Replacement Registry, which marks its 20th anniversary this year. He spoke with Lydia Hales.

Professor Richard de Steiger

What are some significant changes that have occurred in joint replacement and outcomes since the registry began?

Professor de Steiger: