Dr. Johannesmeyer Performs The First BEAR Implant ACL Repair in SC

Jul 8, 2022 | Sports Medicine

Dr. David Johannesmeyer and the surgical team at Lowcountry Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Surgery Center performed the first ACL repair surgery with the BEAR Implant in South Carolina.

An ACL Repair Surgery using the BEAR Implant recently received FDA approval. The collagen matrix is attached to the torn ACL and filled with the patient’s own blood (autologous) and regenerative healing factors. “Quite simply, this new BEAR Implant technique encourages the torn ACL to heal itself. For patients that qualify, this promising orthobiologic option is the first medical advancement to enable your body to heal its own torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL),” explains Dr. Johannesmeyer.

Traditionally, ACL reconstruction relies on a deceased donor or replacement with another tendon from your body. The ACL, the anterior cruciate ligament, is the most commonly injured ligament in the knee among athletes. Other ligaments in the body can heal on their own. The ACL cannot heal itself. As a result, ACL tears often require surgery.

Dr. Johannesmeyer’s bridge-enhanced ACL restoration with the BEAR® Implant is not just the first done in the state; it is also the first innovation in ACL surgery in several decades. Call 843-797-5050, request an appointment, or book online directly with Dr. Johannesmeyer.

Lowcountry Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine is the largest independent orthopedic and sports medicine practice in the area. With convenient locations in North Charleston, Summerville, and Daniel Island and an in-house MRI suite and outpatient surgery center, we are proud to bring award-winning orthopedic surgeons to your neighborhood.

Dr. David Joahnnesmeyer is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine. He joined Lowcountry Orthopaedics in 2018 after completing a fellowship in sports medicine and orthopedic surgery. Born and raised in Summerville, SC, and a South Carolina Honors College and Medical University of South Carolina medical school alumnae, Dr. Johannesmeyer came home to raise his family and practice after his University of Alabama-Birmingham sports medicine fellowship.

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