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Resorbable Bioinductive Collagen Implant Is Cost Effective in the Treatment of Rotator Cuff Tears

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      This study was conducted to investigate whether the use of resorbable bioinductive collagen implant (RBI) in addition to conventional rotator cuff repair (conventional RCR) is cost-effective when compared to conventional RCR alone, in the treatment of full-thickness rotator cuff tears (FT RCT).


      We developed a decision analytic model to compare the expected incremental cost and clinical consequences for a cohort of patients with FT RCT. The probabilities for healing or failure to heal (retear) were estimated from the published literature. Implant and healthcare costs were estimated from a payor’s perspective in 2021 U.S. prices. An additional analysis included indirect cost estimations (e.g., productivity losses). Sensitivity analyses explored the effect of tear size, as well as the impact of risk factors.


      The base case analysis demonstrated that resorbable bioinductive collagen implant + conventional rotator cuff repair results in incremental costs of $232,468 and an additional 18 healed RCTs per 100 treated patients over 1 year. The estimated incremental cost-effectiveness ratio (ICER) is $13,061/healed RCT compared to conventional RCR alone. When return to work was included in the model, RBI + conventional RCR was found to be cost saving. Cost-effectiveness improved with tear size with the largest benefit seen in massive tears compared to large tears, as well as patients at higher risk of retearing.


      This economic analysis demonstrated that RBI + conventional RCR delivered improved healing rates at a marginal increase in costs when compared to conventional RCR alone and is, therefore, cost-effective in this patient population. Considering indirect costs, RBI + conventional RCR resulted in lower costs compared to conventional RCR alone and is, therefore, deemed to be cost saving.

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