Fibular Nailing Seems an Effective Strategy to Decrease Treatment Crude Costs for AO-Type 44B Ankle Fractures in Elderly Patients

In the article, “Health Care Usage and Related Costs in Fibular Plating for AO Type 44-B Ankle Fractures in a Belgian University Hospital: An Exploratory Analysis,” which appears in this issue (1), we show that the costs for the operative treatment of unstable ankle fractures (AO type 44-B) strongly correlate with the length of stay (LOS) of the patient. In turn, the LOS itself is influenced not only by easily objectifiable variables such as treatment type and patient age but also by more difficult to measure parameters such as the level of process standardization and individual preferences of the surgeon, the patients, and their families.

In the article, “Health Care Usage and Related Costs in Fibular Plating for AO Type 44-B Ankle Fractures in a Belgian University Hospital: An Exploratory Analysis,” which appears in this issue (1), we show that the costs for the operative treatment of unstable ankle fractures (AO type 44-B) strongly correlate with the length of stay (LOS) of the patient. In turn, the LOS itself is influenced not only by easily objectifiable variables such as treatment type and patient age but also by more difficult to measure parameters such as the level of process standardization and individual preferences of the surgeon, the patients, and their families.

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Fibular Nailing Seems an Effective Strategy to Decrease Treatment Crude Costs for AO-Type 44B Ankle Fractures in Elderly Patients