Orthopedic institute offers new option for ACL surgery that allows body to heal itself

The Orthopedic Institute offers a revolutionary new solution for ACL tears called the BEAR implant that allows the body to heal the tear on its own.

SIOUX FALLS, SD, November 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Dr. Keith M. Baumgarten of the Orthopedic Institute is the first surgeon in South Dakota to use an innovative new solution for anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears recently approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

BEAR, short for Bridge-enhanced ACL Repair, is a new method of repairing ACLs in the last 30 years. The implant, combined with the patient’s blood, allows the body to heal the torn ends of the anterior cruciate ligament.

“For nearly 50 years, the Orthopedic Institute has been recognized as the region’s leader in providing the most advanced and innovative orthopedic solutions to patients,” he said Lynda Barrie, CHAIRMAN. “We are proud that the BEAR team Dr. Baumgarten was recruited to participate in this study.”

according to dr Baumgarten, there are three main advantages of the BEAR implant over traditional ACL repair methods. First, because the BEAR implant acts as a bridge, helping the two ends of the torn cruciate ligament heal together, patients retain and heal their cruciate ligament rather than replacing it with a tendon.

Second, when harvesting a healthy tendon from another part of the body to create the new ACL, patients avoid potential concerns about long-term discomfort, weakness, or other complications.

Third, patients are likely to experience less pain immediately after this new ACL reconstruction compared to traditional ACL reconstruction.

The traditional surgical treatment of the ACL tear is a reconstruction of the ACL using one of the patient’s tendons – typically either the patellar tendon, the quadriceps tendon, or two of the hamstring tendons. An alternative is to use an allogeneic tendon graft – transplanted from a cadaver. However, an allogeneic tendon is not an ideal solution for young athletes due to its high failure rate.

“Patients are right to ask why improvements in ACL surgery are needed,” he said Keith Baumgarten, MD. “First, there is a real chance of anterior cruciate ligament re-injury following conventional surgical anterior cruciate ligament repair. Second, long-term data show an increased risk of future knee osteoarthritis in patients who received traditional treatment for an ACL injury. The BEAR implant attempts to address both of these concerns.”

David Jones Jr.MD, Chairman of the Board, expressed his excitement that Dr. Baumgarten performing the BEAR technique at OI: “Throughout his career, Dr. Baumgarten demonstrated his commitment to advancing the treatment of orthopedic injuries for patients in the ACL offers a new treatment option that will allow them to get back to doing the things they love.”

Currently, the Orthopedic Institute is the first and only location in South Dakota performing this operation. Please contact the Orthopedic Institute at 605.331.5890 or Dr. Baumgarten at 605.339.6828 to learn more about BEAR ACL repair.


The Orthopedic Institute (OI), one of the most respected independent medical groups specializing in orthopedics and sports medicine in the Midwest, was founded in 1972. It is located on Avera McKennan Health’s main campus in Sioux Falls, South Dakotathe group has grown steadily in size and scope, with 19 physicians and over 200 staff serving 17 satellite locations in South Dakota, Minnesotaand Iowa. By strengthening the private practice model, OI provides the most efficient, compassionate, and quality care to the communities it serves. Nationally recognized and known locally for exceptional orthopedic care, OI is the proud provider of sports medicine to local professional, varsity and high school teams in the Southeast South Dakotasouthwest Minnesotaand Northwest Iowa. Visit orthopedicinstitutesf.com to learn more.

Christopher Holman
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SOURCE Orthopedic Institute