Hackensack now offering novel ACL procedure BEAR procedure


Surgeons at Hackensack (N.J.) University Medical Center have performed the health system's first BEAR implant operation to reconstruct an injured knee ligament. 

The procedure was performed on a 15-year-old soccer player; the Bridge-Enhanced ACL Restoration is designed to promote a self-healing process within the body. It is the first device developed to let a person's ACL heal on its own, according to a May 23 news release from Edison, N.J.-based Hackensack Meridian Health. 

Without surgical treatment, the patient would have had to undergo two to three months of physical therapy and wear a brace every time she played soccer, the release said. 

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