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Bridge-Enhanced ACL Restoration (BEAR) - The FIRST in the USA

#1! It is nice to be First. Victory Sports Medicine & Orthopedics is very proud to announce that Dr. Pietropaoli performed the first(excluding clinical trial studies), FDA-approved on-label Bridge Enhanced ACL Restoration (BEAR) surgery in the USA. This is a groundbreaking surgery developed by Dr. Martha Murray at Boston Children’s Hospital that restores the patient’s own ACL “keeping their own parts” as opposed to reconstruction. 

Dr. Pietropaoli performed this surgery this past Friday on a field hockey athlete who injured her ACL from planting and twisting her leg during a game.

Dr. Pietropaoli and Dr. Calabrese BEAR Procedure Webinar with Onondaga Physical Therapy.



How Is Bridge-Enhanced ACL Restoration (BEAR) Performed?

The Bridge-Enhanced ACL Restoration (BEAR) stimulates healing of the original ligament with stitches and an implant. The implant is a bio-engineered sponge saturated with the patient’s own blood to promote clotting and create an environment in which torn ACL tissue can grow back together.


The BEAR® Implant for Patients: A Game-Changing ACL Repair Enables Regrowth



Wellness Wednesday: the procedure patients are flying to Skaneateles for | WSYR

Dr. P. was featured on Wellness Wednesday with Nicole Sommavilla on 03/02/22.  Click the below link for see the feature story! 



Dr. Pietropaoli performed this game-changing procedure on 10/29/21 and the patient began rehabilitation. Dr. P stated, "If we can save even one patient from a reconstruction they don’t need and repair/grow back/heal their own ACL without taking a graft from another body part, it will be worth it!"

If you or someone you know have recently experienced an ACL injury please click the link below to learn more about this groundbreaking surgery or contact our office at (315) 685-7544 to schedule an appointment.

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Marc Pietropaoli, M.D.

Dr. Pietropaoli is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with over 25 years of sports medicine and orthopedics experience. He is fellowship-trained by world-renowned sports medicine doctor and surgeon James Andrews, M.D.


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Marc P. Pietropaoli, M.D.
791 West Genesee Street
Skaneateles, NY 13152
Phone: 315-293-3778
Fax: 315-685-7549

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