It’s not uncommon for physicians and patients to refer to ACL surgery as ACL repair. The current standard of care, however, does not repair a torn ACL. The surgeon removes the ends of the torn ACL and replaces the ligament with a tendon graft. It’s ACL reconstruction.
Bridge-enhanced ACL repair (BEAR) is a promising new approach to ACL surgery that uses a protein-enriched sponge to encourage the torn ends of an ACL to reconnect and heal.
Martha Murray, MD, Boston Children’s Hospital orthopedic surgeon, and a team of researchers have spent nearly 25 years developing the BEAR surgery. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a 100-patient clinical trial at Boston Children’s to see if the BEAR surgery is as effective as ACL reconstruction.
Murray answers some questions about her ACL research and the BEAR trial. …Read More