UKKOR is the first registry in the world dedicated to recording patient outcomes from knee osteotomy.
A National Registry such as this can then allow comparison with the registries of other countries to allow an evaluation of best practice.
My passion is knee surgery, and there are two main arms that I've really concentrated on with my research and for which I've become known fairly well on the worldwide stage of knee surgery and that is -
With regards to osteotomy, I first started working in Basingstoke in 2004. Neil Thomas and I set up a registry for our own patients, which allowed us to keep track of how well our patients were doing. At the time we really wanted to set this up as a National Registry, and we looked into the logistics of this.
As we became busier and did more osteotomy surgery, we actually began to build a very useful database which we linked with Matt Dawson in Carlisle and Chris Wilson in Cardiff, taking three registries to form one 'super-registry'. This is now the largest followed cohort of distal femoral and high tibial osteotomies in the world. We have close to 1,000 cases (certainly more than 900 have been performed).
From our own experience, we decided to take things a step further, and so the first dedicated National Database for osteotomy - which we called UKKOR - with Matt Dawson, Chris Wilson, Mike Risebury and our fellow, David Elson who is in Gateshead, and we now have a committee which meets 2-3 times a year and we are very excited by how well it has been taken up by surgeons interested in osteotomy. We have a very excellent website - www.ukkor.co.uk - which has seen a lot of traffic and we are very proud of our achievements which we hope will demonstrate the effectiveness of osteotomy, and show its excellent safety record and really good results.
A Registry is a way to collect large volumes of valid patient outcome data for all patients having a particular operation. The information can then be analysed to help to increase the understanding of the procedure and the outcomes.