Results of a 10-patient study indicated that torn anterior cruciate ligaments (ACLs) treated with Miach Orthopaedics' Bridge-Enhanced® ACL Repair (BEAR®) implant were similar to the native ACL at 12 months, based on MRI imaging.
The study compared 10 patients treated with BEAR to 10 treated with traditional hamstring autografts, using the native ACL as reference. ACLs treated with BEAR had a cross-sectional area (quantity), signal intensity (quality) and sagittal orientation that were similar to the native ACL at 12 months, while hamstring autografts were significantly larger and more vertically oriented than the native ACL at 24 months.
While more study is needed, these results indicate promise for the regenerative properties of the BEAR implant in restoring a more normal knee anatomy.
The bio-engineered BEAR implant is surgically placed between the torn ACL ends and hold a small amount of the patient’s blood in the site. This provides a scaffold for the torn ends to heal together. It is hoped that this new technology will restore more normal anatomy and function of the knee.
Source: Miach Orthopaedics, Inc.