Cost effectiveness of the TriMed Sidewinder plate for the treatment of Weber B ankle fractures


Journal Article

Background: Ankle fractures are common injuries, and many have clear indications for operative treatment. Newer plate designs have recently been introduced and have the potential to simplify and shorten the operative procedure. This study compares the costs of operative treatment of a lateral malleolar fracture using a novel plate design or a neutralization plate and lag screw approach. Methods: A retrospective chart review was performed. All patients operatively treated for a Weber B lateral malleolar fracture were divided into two cohorts: an experimental group treated with a novel plate design and a control group treated with a lag screw and neutralization plate. Costs of implants, operating room costs and time to healing were compared between the two cohorts. Results: The average implant cost for the novel plate design ($1141) was significantly higher than that of the plate and lag screw construct ($208; P<0.0001). The average operating room costs were significantly lower for the experimental group ($4410) compared with the control group ($6037; P<0.01). The average time to healing was significantly less in the experimental group (75 days) than in the control group (97 days; P<0.04). Conclusions: The decreased operating room costs likely resulted from attributes of the novel plate design that assist in fracture reduction and eliminate the need for a separate lag screw. The decreased dissection required to apply the novel plate could explain the quicker healing observed. The additional cost of new implant designs may be justified by quicker, simpler operative techniques and enhanced healing. © 2011 Wolters Kluwer Health.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hewitt, J; Haytmanek, CT; Tennant, J; May, R; Parekh, S

Published Date

  • November 1, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 534 - 537

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1941-7551

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1940-7041

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/BCO.0b013e3182303907

Citation Source

  • Scopus