A New Approach to ACL Reconstructive Surgery
Proven results, faster recovery

A torn anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, can leave an athlete on the sidelines for months. However, Dr. Chad Lavender of Marshall Orthopaedics has developed a new approach to ACL surgery. Known as the fertilized ACL, people across the country are choosing to travel for the procedure. 

How it is different

This technique takes traditional ACL reconstruction one step further by using a mixture of bone marrow concentrate, autograft bone and demineralized bone matrix to fill the tunnels within the knee joint during surgery. This technique also utilizes an innovative concept of internal brace reinforcement to improve stability of the healing ACL.  


Patients have reported the same results as the standard ACL reconstruction with:

  • Shorter recovery times. 
  • No known additional risks

Surgery patients have traveled from Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, Texas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut.

Patients from 25 states and counting have received the fertilized ACL procedure. 

Why people are traveling to have the fertilized ACL

When patients choose Marshall Orthopaedics to receive the fertilized ACL, they are in the hands of surgeons - one of which is the creator - with proven results and years of experience performing the procedure. In addition to the added benefits of the procedure, patients can expect to receive personalized, world-class care in a small town setting. Virtual options are available for initial consults. For those traveling, please contact us for accommodation recommendations including long-term stays. 

Patient Testimonials

Crystal Nye is a football player, mom of three, who tore her ACL during drills. She shares how Dr. Lavender's fertilized ACL reconstruction technique helped her get back on her feet faster.

Aaron Geething tore both of his ACLs playing soccer. He compares his recovery experience after traditional surgery and surgery using Dr. Lavender's fertilized ACL technique.

Marshall Health - Teays Valley

300 Corporate Center Drive
Scott Depot, WV 25560
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Marshall Orthopaedics - Teays Valley

An outpatient department of Cabell Huntington Hospital
Marshall Health - Teays Valley
300 Corporate Center Drive
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Scott Depot, WV 25560
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Marshall Sports Medicine Institute

2211 Third Avenue
Huntington, WV 25703
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