Using the new modular socket system (MSS) to produce a prosthetic socket directly on the patient has the potential of being easier and quicker to manufacture but also incurring higher costs.
The purpose of the study was to compare the costs of manufacturing a transtibial prosthetic socket using either a MSS or a standard laminated socket (PC).
Concurrent controlled trial.
A total of 20 patients at two orthopaedic facilities were followed with regards to the cost of manufacturing a prosthetic socket using either MSS or PC. Time aspects and material costs were considered in the cost analysis. Other factors studied include delivery time and number of visits. For the cost analysis, only direct costs pertaining to the prosthetic socket were considered.
The total cost of MSS was found to be significantly higher (p?