Study Takes Close Look at Impact of ACL Surgery

Focus on economics indicates surgery may be “a good deal”

Mary Ann Porucznik and the Washington Health Policy Fellows

In the second of a series of studies examining the economic impact of orthopaedic procedures, researchers found that outcomes for patients who had appropriately selected anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction were both more effective (short- to intermediate-term) and less costly than rehabilitation alone. In addition, long-term costs to society were approximately $50,000 less per patient undergoing ACL reconstruction compared to rehabilitation.

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