Cost Comparison of Scleral Buckle versus Vitrectomy for Rhegmatogenous Retinal Detachment Repair – Corrected Proof

Purpose: To estimate and compare the costs of scleral buckle (SB) and pars plana vitrectomy (PPV) for treatment of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment (RRD).Design: Cost analysis based on published prospective data comparing SB and PPV for RRD repair.Methods: The costs of initial surgery, postoperative retina-affecting procedures, and eventual cataract extraction resulting from SB and PPV for RRD repair were estimated for both phakic and pseudophakic or aphakic patients and then were compared. A univariate sensitivity analysis also was performed to examine the sensitivity of our estimations.Results: When considering all costs, SB was 10.7% less expensive than PPV for RRD repair in (Read more...)

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