Tracking Operations and Outcomes for Plastic Surgeons (TOPS)
The TOPS program was launched in 2002 as a secure and confidential national database of plastic surgery procedures and outcomes. All ASPS active members and candidates for membership in the American Society of Plastic Surgeons are encouraged to participate in the TOPS program.
Benefits of TOPS
TOPS information benefits the participating physician and the plastic surgery specialty as a practice management tool in clinical research, advocacy, and communication with the media and the public.
Practice Management Tool
- Individual and peer group comparison
- National benchmarks for practice patterns
- Reports on practice demographics
- ASPS-QCDR module allows for submission of quality reporting data to CMS.
- Provides valid data necessary to effectively respond to onerous state and federal regulations
- Provides valid data to demonstrate the quality of health care provided by board-certified plastic surgeons vs. the competition
Communication with Media and the Public
- Provides continuing valid procedural statistics to the media
- Supports the branding of the ASPS logo as the symbol of excellence in plastic surgery
- Develop evidence-based patient care parameters
- Conduct multi-center clinical trials
- Monitor clinical outcomes and emerging trends
- The use of patient registries in breast surgery: A comparison of the tracking operations and outcomes for plastic surgeons and national surgical quality improvement program data sets
- Impact of postoperative antibiotic prophylaxis duration on surgical site infections in autologous breast reconstruction
- Combining abdominal and cosmetic breast surgery does not increase short-term complication rates: A comparison of each individual procedure and pretreatment risk stratification tool
- Benchmarking outcomes in plastic surgery: National complication rates for abdominoplasty and breast augmentation
- The impact of acellular dermal matrix on tissue expander/implant loss in breast reconstruction: An analysis of the tracking outcomes and operations in plastic surgery database
- Is there a safe lipoaspirate volume? A risk assessment model of liposuction volume as a function of body mass index
- Is there a limit? A risk assessment model of liposuction and lipoaspirate volume on complications in abdominoplasty
- A multi-institutional analysis of insurance status as a predictor of morbidity following breast reconstruction
- Individualized risk of surgical complications: An application of the breast reconstruction risk assessment score
TOPS data and analysis of TOPS data are now available for purchase! To submit a data request to ASPS, please complete the TOPS Research Data Application Form.
- Fees for TOPS datasets start at $999 (fees can be higher depending on the amount of data requested or your membership status with ASPS)
- All data requests are reviewed by ASPS and the TOPS Steering Committee for approval; ASPS reserves the right to deny requests for TOPS data
- 2019 and 2020 datasets are not currently available for purchase
- For additional questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org