ACL Repair Surgery with BEAR Implant

Surgical procedure to repair the torn ACL utilizing "Bridge Enhanced ACL Restoration (BEAR)" Technology

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How to Save Your Own Ligament after ACL Injury

The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) has very little healing capacity on its own. Traditional surgery requires removing the remainder of the ligament and replacing it with a new tendon from somewhere else in the body. However, newer techniques have shown success with helping the torn ACL to heal.

What is the BEAR Implant?

BEAR stands for "Bridge Enhanced ACL Restoration." It was developed by Martha Murray at Boston Children's Hospital. The BEAR implant is placed between the torn ACL and the bone and encourages the ACL to heal back together.

Why is ACL Surgery Needed?

The ACL is a very important ligament that provides stability in the knee. Since it usually doesn't heal by itself, ACL surgery is often needed in active people of all ages with ACL injuries.

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ACL Repair Surgery

Preservation of Native ACL Ligament

Traditional ACL reconstruction surgery involves removing the torn native ACL. Surgical repair of the ACL with the BEAR Implant allows the body to heal the torn ACL, instead of replacing it with another ligament.


Elite Level Surgical Care

The surgical team at Ochsner-Andrews Sports Medicine Institute in Baton Rouge, LA specializes in surgical treatment of complex knee injuries, specifically ACL surgery. The surgical suite is equipped with cutting edge surgical equipment including 4K arthroscopes and viewing monitors that allow a high degree of precision and accuracy.

Recover More Quickly After ACL Repair

Recent studies have suggested that patients recover more quickly after ACL repair compared to traditional ACL Reconstruction. These studies have also shown that symptoms resolved more quickly after BEAR ACL repair and the results suggest that patients may be ready to return to sport earlier compared to traditional ACL reconstruction.


Why choose us?

Reviews of Dr. Burnham and Team

"The surgery and recovery were perfect! Thanks to Dr. Burnham, my son is beginning his come back on the baseball field!"

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Individualized, patient-centered approach

Every patient is unique. Our team works together to develop a patient-focused treatment plan. There is no "one-size-fits-all" surgery.

BOARD CERtified & Fellowship-trained

Dr. Jeremy Burnham is certified in Orthopedic Surgery and in Orthopedic Sports Medicine by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS).

Multi-disciplinary ACL Surgery team

The Ochsner Sports Medicine Institute in Baton Rouge, Louisiana features experts in ACL surgery, ACL rehabilitation, and ACL return-to-play.

Dr. Jeremy Burnham is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who is fellowship-trained in sports medicine. He specializes in the surgical treatment of complex knee injuries and his clinical and research focus centers around the diagnosis and treatment of ACL injuries, meniscus tears, cartilage restoration, and knee instability.

Dr. Burnham is the team physician for Southern University, the Baton Rouge Rougarou, and several area high schools. He is the site investigator for NIH and DoD-funded research studies examining the best treatment techniques for knee  injuries. In addition to knee injuries he treats sports shoulder and hip injuries such as SLAP tears and labral tears.

Jeremy M. Burnham, MD

Board Certification in Sports Medicine
Board Certification in Orthopedic Surgery


What is the BEAR Implant?

The BEAR implant is an FDA-approved extracellular matrix that is placed between the torn ends of the ACL during surgery. The implant contains special proteins that are eventually replaced with the patient's own ACL tissue during the healing process.

During surgery, it is filled with the patient's own blood, sutured into the torn ACL, and then forms a healing blood clot around the torn ends of the ACL. Approximately 8 weeks after surgery, this bridging implant is replaced by native cells and tissues that eventually become the new ACL.

BEAR Implant for ACL Repair Surgery

Is ACL Surgery a Major Surgery?

ACL surgery is considered a major orthopedic surgery. The surgery is usually performed "outpatient," meaning that the patient comes in and goes home on the same day. 

How long does it take to walk after ACL Surgery?

The ability to walk, or bear weight after ACL surgery depends on a few things. After BEAR ACL repair surgery, most patients are allowed to partial weight bear for the first 4-6 weeks. Partial weight bearing means that you can put about 50% of your weight on your foot, but not full pressure. A useful technique is to use a scale to get a feel for what 50% of your weight feels like on your knee, and then don't put any more weight than that during the prescribed period.

Is ACL Surgery a Painful Surgery?

Similar to most major orthopedic surgeries, ACL surgery is a painful procedure. This is most significant in the first few days after surgery, and then it continues to improve. Many times the patient is given a "nerve block" prior to surgery which helps to reduce the pain for a period of time. Other medical and non-medical forms of pain control are often recommended.

Is the ACL able to heal itself?

In general, the ACL doesn't have the capacity to heal by itself. It also hasn't responded well to previous techniques to "repair" it, which is why reconstruction with a new ligament has been the standard of care. The BEAR technique utilizes an implant with special proteins that help the ACL heal.

Is ACL surgery covered by insurance?

Yes, ACL surgery is covered by most major insurance plans.