ACL Repair

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ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) repair can be done using different techniques, at London Cartilage Clinic we provide ACL repair surgery using either a BEAR implant or BioBrace implant. ACL repair can be a good alternative to reconstruction surgery in certain cases. Using implants for knee ligament repair is a new and innovative type of treatment that has already proven to deliver impressive results for patients. Find out more about ACL repair as a treatment option for you by booking a consultation with one of our specialists.

What is the BEAR implant?

The Bridge-Enhanced ACL Repair (BEAR) implant is a revolutionary medical advancement that encourages your body to heal itself when the ACL is torn, rather than replacing it with another tendon like in reconstruction surgery. The implant effectively works with your blood as a bridge to help the torn ends of the ligament heal back together.

Due to the synovial fluid in the knee, the blood is unable to form clots when it needs to heal, but with the BEAR implant, the blood can be held and protected in the gap between the ends of the ACL. This allows the blood to form clots and heal the tear.

What is the BioBrace implant?

The BioBrace is another method used in ACL surgical repair to strengthen the ligament and optimise healing. BioBrace is a reinforced bioinductive implant that is comprised of both synthetic and biological materials. Its unique properties allow it to share the load and support the ligament throughout the healing process.

It does this using its highly porous collagen scaffold and microfilaments to reinforce it. The clever design and structure of the BioBrace enables regeneration of blood vessels and fibroblasts into the scaffold to naturally integrate with the tissue surrounding it.

Why choose London Cartilage Clinic for ACL repair?

ACL repair is cutting edge surgery that offers patients an effective alternative to ACL reconstruction. As an exclusive clinic specialising in innovative treatments for cartilage and joint issues, London Cartilage Clinic has extensive, proven experience of getting the best outcomes for our patients. Our specialists are at the top of their field with in-depth knowledge and expertise in ACL repair surgery, meaning you’re in the safest possible hands.

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Frequently Asked Questions

This is a difficult question to answer as they both have their benefits and drawbacks. The one that will be right for you will depend on the factors of your specific case and ACL tear. A key benefit of BEAR and BioBrace is the reduced healing time for some individuals in comparison to ACL reconstruction. Also, repair techniques promote more natural self-healing. However, ACL reconstruction still has a higher success rate compared to repair, which is more important to some patients despite the longer recovery time.

To be a good candidate for ACL repair using the BEAR or BioBrace implant you need to be an adult with a complete rupture of the ACL that has been confirmed by an MRI. Like with reconstruction surgery, ACL repair is a common option adults who have injured their knee during sports.

Exact recovery times will vary depending on each specific individual and their injury. However, many patients can return to high levels of sport and activity around nine months post-surgery.

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