Comeback Community

Welcome to the BEAR Implant Comeback Community!

After an ACL injury, people often worry if they can return to sport or get back to their level of pre-injury activity. This community features interviews with BEAR Implant recipients who share their comeback stories. The discussions include why they chose the BEAR Implant over traditional ACL reconstruction and their experience with healing their own ACL, including rehabilitation and returning to an active lifestyle. We also hear from their orthopedic surgeons on why the BEAR Implant was a good option.

Be sure to bookmark this page and come back often to see more inspiring stories from real BEAR Implant recipients. If you’re interested in sharing your comeback story, submit your information below.

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Patrick Moner Ice Hockey

“With the BEAR Implant, I can do everything I used to do, and I don’t even think about it. At 61, I can still play hockey with the young guys and even score a couple points every game.”

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Henry LaVoie Hockey & Lacrosse

“I’m more confident in my BEAR Implant knee than my other knee. Although my legs are balanced, my BEAR Implant knee feels stronger, and I can rely on it more.”

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Holly Reitsema Freestyle Skiing

“I ski over 200 days a year, and it’s my livelihood. The BEAR Implant really lifted the heavy impact I felt in my life after tearing my ACL.”

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April Kimball Zumba

“After I finished teaching my first class back after BEAR Implant surgery, I felt so grateful and was elated that I could still do the things I love.”

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Tory Waldstein Skiing

“I am very confident in my BEAR Implant knee and when I’m skiing, in the gym or on a hike, I don’t even think about it.”

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Ashley Solomon Bowling

“It’s very cool to know I was one of the first people in the metropolitan New Orleans area to receive the BEAR Implant. I’m happy that I’m still able to bowl, run with my kids and play basketball.”

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Jomari John Football

“I wish I had the BEAR Implant in both knees. Even though my knee with ACLR is stable, it’s been two years and I’m still trying to get my muscle back in that knee.”

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Jack Holst Track & Field

“The BEAR Implant gave me a second chance. Once I decided to trust in my knee, I gave it all I had and threw 36 feet in shot put, far exceeding my personal record.”

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Antonio Parker Track & Field

“I saw an MRI of my BEAR Implant knee during rehab. It was crazy to see the inside of my knee and how my body actually grew a new ACL!”

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Mari Erasmus Hiking

“My goal during rehab was to continue to do the exercises until they became easier and easier. I started with getting back to afternoon walks and by 10 months post-surgery, I was able to return to hiking.”

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Olivia Stefanik Track & Field

“It feels great to be able to get back to the track after getting the BEAR Implant. Returning to pole vaulting felt like home to me.”

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Deirdra Milord Soccer

“My advice to others getting the BEAR Implant is to follow the rehab protocol to hit your benchmarks so you can get back to the sport you love as quickly as possible.”

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Victor Rossin Skiing

“It’s unimaginable to me to not have skiing in my life. I trust the science, and I trust that my knee is strong. I know that with the BEAR Implant, I can do things that I might not otherwise have been able to do.”

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Amy Hafensteiner Active Mom

“I’m an active mom with athletic kids, and I’m not willing to sit on the sidelines. I never considered not returning to sports. At one year, I was back to 100%.”

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Izzy Petrus Field Hockey

“Going into my first game back, I was really excited to play again and wasn’t nervous at all. I felt confident and strong.”

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Andy Lad Weekend Warrior

“I chose the BEAR Implant because I wanted to be able do everything I was able to do before my injury. Today, I have full confidence in my knee and no concerns about strength or range of motion.”

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Becky Contreras Soccer

“Athletes typically say they feel different after an ACL surgery, but I feel like I am the same player today. In fact, I sometimes forget which knee had the BEAR Implant because it feels even stronger in some ways than my non-injured knee.”

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The BEAR Implant is available in select cities across the U.S., with more cities coming soon. Learn more about the BEAR Implant or find a surgeon in your area.

Be sure to discuss your individual symptoms, diagnosis and treatment with your surgeon. The BEAR Implant has the same potential medical/surgical complications as other orthopedic surgical procedures, including ACL reconstruction. These include the risk of re-tear, infection, knee pain, meniscus injury and limited range of motion.

The BEAR Implant was cleared by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and is indicated for skeletally mature patients at least 14 years of age with a complete rupture of the ACL, as confirmed by MRI. Patients must have an ACL stump attached to the tibia to construct the repair.

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