The total costs of a displaced femoral neck fracture: comparison of internal fixation and total hip replacement. A randomised study of 146 hips
2006 (English)In: International Orthopaedics, ISSN 0341-2695 (Print) 1432-5195 (Online), Vol. 30, no 1, 1-6 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We randomised 143 patients –age 75 years or older–with displaced femoral neck fracture to either internal fixation or total hip replacement (THR) and compared the socio-economic consequences. In the internal fixation group, 34 of 78 hips underwent secondary surgery. In the THR group, 12 of 68 hips dislocated, the majority in mentally impaired patients. We calculated the total hospital costs for two years after operation. When secondary surgery was included, there was no difference in costs between the internal fixation and THR groups, or between the mentally impaired and lucid subgroups. The costs to the community were calculated comparing the baseline cost before surgery with the average cost per month during the first postoperative year. No difference was found between the treatment groups. The Harris hip scores were higher in the THR group, and pain was more common in the internal fixation group. In lucid patients, THR gives a better clinical result at the same cost.
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2006. Vol. 30, no 1, 1-6 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-13731DOI: 10.1007/s00264-005-0037-zOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-13731DiVA: diva2:21219