Magnetic controlled growth rods versus conventional growing rod systems in the treatment of early onset scoliosis: a cost comparison.

Magnetic controlled growth rods versus conventional growing rod systems in the treatment of early onset scoliosis: a cost comparison. 2015-06-18T16:24:23+00:00

Eur Spine J. 2014 Nov 30. [Epub ahead of print]

Rolton D, Richards J, Nnadi C.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To evaluate the cost differences between a conventional growth rod system (CGRS) and magnetic controlled growth rods (MCGR) in treating early onset scoliosis (EOS) over a projected 5 year period. We hypothesise that the high initial outlay for MCGR would be recouped from fewer admissions and surgical procedures over the lifetime of the implant.

METHODS:

The costs of all aspects of treatment for 14 patients undergoing conversion from CGRS to MGRS were collected over a 3 year period. The costs of all aspects of each treatment including clinic visits, hospital stay, theatre and complications were calculated and projected over the lifetime of each device.

RESULTS:

The initial outlay for insertion for MCGR was £12,913 more than the CGRS. There were significant cost savings for each lengthening which projected over the 5 year lifetime amounted to a cost saving of over £8,000 per patient.

CONCLUSIONS:

Magnetic controlled growth rods reduce the need for multiple invasive procedures in the management of EOS. The implant has a significant projected cost saving in comparison to CGRS.

PMID: 25433541 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25433541


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