A research team led by Drs. Emily Leary, PhD and Brett Crist, MD recently published the article titled “Comparisons of Initial Outcomes and Cost-Effectiveness after Total Ankle Arthroplasty versus Bipolar Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation in the Ankle: A Retrospective Cohort Study” in the journal Current Orthopaedic Practice.
The study was designed to compare 90-day clinical and self-reported outcomes for patients who received total ankle arthroplasty (TAA) or bipolar osteochondral allograft (OCA) ankle transplantation. No statistically significant differences were observed for patient-reported outcomes, postsurgical complications, or value-based care metrics. Neither OCA nor TAA was determined to be a more cost-effective procedure. Study results will guide more robust planning for 90-day postoperative reimbursement guidelines.