The SFA Datalake platform and Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear Registry of the French Society of Arthroscopy (SFA): rationale, statutes and plans


Mathieu Thaunat  1, Nicolas Bouguennec 2, Johannes Barth 3, Younes Boulhaia 4, Jaafar Sbihi 5,

François-Xavier Gunepin 6, Romain Letartre 7, Thomas Rousseau 8, Etienne Cavaignac 9,

Nicolas Pujol 10, Alexandre Netten 11, Caroline Mouton 12,

the Francophone Arthroscopy Society (SFA) 13

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1 - Ramsay Santé, Hôpital Privé Jean Mermoz, Centre Orthopédique Santy, 24 Avenue Paul Santy, 69008 Lyon, France

2 - Clinique du Sport de Bordeaux-Mérignac, Bordeaux, France

3 - Clinique des Cèdres, 21 Avenue Albert Londres, 38130 Echirolles, France

4 - Centre Hospitalier Lannion-Trestel, 22303 Lannion cedex, France

5 - Clinique Juge, 116 Rue J. Mermoz, 13008 Marseille, France

6 - Clinique Mutualiste de la Porte de l’Orient, 3 Rue Robert de La Croix, 56100 Lorient, France

7 - Ramsay Santé, Hôpital Privé la Louvière, 126 Rue de la Louvière, 59800 Lille, France

8 - Clinique Mutualiste Catalane, 60 Rue Louis Mouillard, 66000 Perpignan, France

9 - Clinique Universitaire du Sport, 1 Place du Docteur Joseph Baylac, 31300 Toulouse, France

10 - Centre Hospitalier de Versailles, 177 Rue de Versailles, 78150 Le Chesnay, France

11 - Groupe Santé CHC, Boulevard Patience et Beaujonc 2, 4000 Liège, Belgique

12 - Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Centre Hospitalier Luxembourg – Clinique d’Eich, Luxembourg - Luxembourg Institute of Research in Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine and Science, Luxembourg

13 - 15 Rue Ampère, 92500 Rueil-Malmaison, France


SFA Datalake is the registry platform of the French Society of Arthroscopy (SFA). It was designed to collect and store data on arthroscopic orthopedic surgery and joint-sparing surgery in French-speaking countries. The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear registry is the first registry to be set up based on SFA Datalake. Registries are intended to enable systematic standardized data collection, and provide information for surgeons to improve clinical practice and results. The ACL tear registry was designed in the light of guidelines, the literature and existing registries. Data are collected prospectively on a secure on-line application accessible via a computer or smartphone. Data collection is organized according to clinical examination results, preoperative findings, and follow-up data based on patient-administered subjective quality of life questionnaires. The pilot committee consists of 5 SFA board members, appointed for 2 years.