Repair the ACL Without Replacement with Donor Tissue

What is BEAR® ACL Repair Surgery?

BEAR® ACL Repair Surgery was developed at Boston Children's Hospital by Dr. Martha Murray. The BEAR Implant uses the patients own blood and helps the torn ends of the ACL heal back together.


PRESERVE ACL Surgery Process

In the event that an ACL tear has occurred at the femur site, this technique allows doctors to go in and use sutures to reattach the ACL to the femur. Prior to surgery, patients are given a nerve block by an anesthesiologist to significantly reduce pain after surgery. 

During surgery, a small, 3-4mm hole is created in the femur where the ACL normally attaches. High-strength sutures are then placed in the ACL and inserted through this hole, securing the ligament to the bone. In addition, a collagen-coated suture tape is placed along the ACL to act as an internal brace. This tape functions as an ACL while the actual ligament heals, shielding stress from the ACL during the natural healing process.

Advantages of BEAR® ACL REpair Surgery

The BEAR procedure allows orthopedic surgeons to repair the damaged ligament with an implant instead of having to replace the ACL. This has a series of benefits for the patient such as:

  • Not having to harvest a graft and replace the ACL
  • Offering a less invasive option compared to traditional ACL reconstruction
  • Providing a more natural feeling in and around the knee

Recovery from BEAR® ACL Surgery

After ACL surgery, Dr. Goradia allows patients to bear weight with the assistance of a knee brace and crutches. In addition, patients will be sent to physical therapy within a few days after the procedure.


Is This Technique Right For You?

Before you can know if this treatment is right for you, Dr. Goradia will need to review your MRI to determine if the ACL is torn mid-substance or directly from its attachment to the femur. To consult with an orthopedic surgeon today, local patients should schedule an appointment with Dr. Goradia to discuss their treatment options.

Non-local or out-of-town patients may mail their MRI disk or email the DICOM folder from their MRI disk to G2 Orthopedics directly. Patients will be sent an informational packet and a phone call will be scheduled with Dr. Goradia to answer any questions. Once surgery is scheduled, patients will need to arrive one day prior to surgery for a consultation with Dr. Goradia.