Outpatient Management of Ankle Fractures

Charles Qin, Robert G. Dekker, Mia M. Helfrich, Anish R. Kadakia*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Interest in outpatient orthopedic surgery has been fueled by provider desire to control costs and development of rapid recovery protocols. Open reduction and internal fixation (ORIF) is a commonly elected treatment strategy for ankle fracture that may be performed in an outpatient setting. Lessons on cost-savings of the outpatient model in orthopedics can be learned in total joint replacement and spine surgery. Moreover, in properly selected patients, outpatient ORIF has been shown to be comparably safe. Reasons for admission of the surgically managed patient with ankle fractures, including concern for surgical delay and additional social factors, warrant further investigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-108
Number of pages6
JournalOrthopedic Clinics of North America
Volume49
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2018

Keywords

  • Ankle fractures
  • Complications
  • Costs
  • ORIF
  • Outpatient management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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