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Baptist Health Orthopedic Care Now Offering Innovative BEAR® Implant to Treat Patients for ACL Tears

February 13, 2023

Implant First Innovation in ACL Tear Treatment in 30+ Years; Enables Injured ACL to Heal Itself



BEAR Implant Image IMiami, FL – February 13, 2023  Baptist Health Orthopedic Care is now offering patients the BEAR® Implant for the treatment of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears, one of the most common knee injuries in the U.S. The BEAR™ Implant is the first medical advancement to enable the body to heal its own torn ACL. This new approach is a paradigm shift from the current standard of care – reconstruction that replaces the ACL with a graft – and is the first innovation in ACL tear treatment in more than 30 years. James Robert Ross,M.D., orthopedic surgeon with Baptist Health Orthopedic Care, is the first doctor to use this technology for Baptist Health.

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“I am honored to be the first surgeon with Baptist Health Orthopedic Care to use this new technology and help patients regain their mobility with the BEAR™ Implant,” said Dr. Ross.  By using this approach to treat ACL tears, it will allow patients to have a faster recovery, regain muscle strength, and most importantly, return to their regular daily activities.”

The BEAR Implant, when deemed appropriate for use, is indicated for skeletally mature patients at least 14 years of age with a complete rupture of the ACL. Patients must have an ACL stump attached to the tibia to construct the repair.  Unlike reconstruction, the BEAR™ Implant does not require a second surgical incision site to remove a healthy tendon from another part of the knee or the use of a donor tendon. The BEAR Implant acts as a bridge to help the ends of the torn ACL heal together.

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Some of the benefits of using the BEAR Implant include:

  • Helps your own ACL heal
  • Restores torn ACL quality and size similar to your non-injured ACL
  • Simple outpatient procedure
  • No need for grafting
  • Faster recovery and muscle strength
  • Higher patient satisfaction
  • “We have made significant progress over the years when it comes to providing treatment for those who have suffered a tear to their ACL, however the BEAR® Implant BEAR Implant Image IVsets a new standard when it comes to this specific care,” said John Uribe, M.D., chief

     medical executive and orthopedic surgeon at Baptist Health Orthopedic Care.  “There are significant benefits using this method and we look forward to making this innovative treatment available to the community.”

    At Baptist Health Orthopedic Care, we have orthopedic specialists who are skilled in all areas of knee and leg conditions so you can feel confident that you are getting the best possible treatment for your injury.   With an extensive background in sports medicine, our team has expertise in treating injuries, as well as helping you avoid future injury.  For more information go to

    About Baptist Health

    Baptist Health is the largest healthcare organization in the region, with 12 hospitals, more than 26,000 employees, 4,000 physicians and 100 outpatient centers, urgent care facilities and physician practices spanning across Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Baptist Health has internationally renowned centers of excellence in cancer, cardiovascular care, orthopedics and sports medicine, and neurosciences. In addition, it includes Baptist Health Medical Group; Baptist Health Quality Network; and Baptist Health Care On Demand, a virtual health platform. A not-for-profit organization supported by philanthropy and committed to its faith-based charitable mission of medical excellence, Baptist Health has been recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America and by Ethisphere as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. For more information, visit and connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.




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