What Is A Bunion?
A bunion is a progressive foot disorder that involves an abnormal leaning of the big toe, often caused by an inherited foot type. This defect in the mechanical structure of the foot gradually changes the angle of the bones over the years, producing the characteristic bump which slowly grows more prominent. Symptoms occur most often when wearing shoes with a tight toe box such as high heels.
At Premier Podiatry Group, Dr. Adam J. Katz, DPM, specializes in treating this painful condition. Recent advances in surgical techniques, including Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction, have led to a very high success rate in treating bunions.
What Are Bunion Symptoms
- Pain or soreness
- Inflammation & redness
- A burning sensation
- Perhaps some numbness
Other conditions which may appear with bunions include calluses on the big toe, sores between the toes, ingrown toenail, and restricted toe motion.
Are Bunions Limiting Your Activities and Lifestyle?
Bunions can be very painful. With each step, your entire body weight rests on that bunion. Ouch! A common misconception about a bunion is that it is an overgrowth of bone that can simply be “shaved off.” In reality, bunions are complex deformities caused by an unstable joint causing an internal deformity and leading to pain.
What is Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction?
Relief is here. Now, there’s a new, patented treatment for bunion correction – Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction. This exciting, new treatment option does more than simply remove “the bump”; it addresses your bunion in three dimensions to correct the root of the problem. Advanced fixation technology is used to secure the correction in place, allowing patients to walk within days of surgery.
Why Was Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction Developed?
For many people with bunions, traditional surgery has failed to get to the true source of the problem – a 3-dimensional deformity caused by an unstable joint. This is why many people who have had traditional surgery have had their bunions return. In fact, 1 in 3 patients have been left dissatisfied with their surgical outcome in the past and up to 70% of those treated have had their bunion return.
Traditional Approaches To Bunion Correction Have Been Ineffective
of bunions are misaligned in 3 dimensions2
likelihood of bunion coming back if 3D problem is not addressed3
patients are dissatisfied with traditional results4
of bunion patients have their bunions return over time4
Traditional Surgery Is A 2D Solution For A 3D Problem
Traditional bunion surgery has been limited to an incomplete, two-dimensional (2D) approach to correction; cutting the bone in half and pushing the top part over to reduce the appearance of the bump. This 2D “cut and shift” approach primarily addresses the bunion’s symptoms, not the root cause – the unstable foundational joint – leaving the bunion significantly more likely to come back to some degree.
Traditional 2D Surgery:
It’s like trying to fix The Leaning Tower of Pisa by cutting it and shifting it.
How Does Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction Work?
Instead of cutting the bone in half and shifting the top part over, Dr. Katz uses the patented Lapiplasty® Procedure’s specially-designed instrumentation to rotate the entire deviated bone back into its normal anatomical position, naturally straightening your toe; removing the “bump” and associated pain. Innovative titanium plating technology permanently secures the unstable foundation, the root of your bunion problem. Most patients are able to walk within days of surgery. No cast is required; allowing patients to get back to the shoe wear of their choice and activities quickly.
Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction:
It’s like addressing the unstable foundation (root cause) by rotating it back into position and permanently securing it.
What Does A Correction Look Like On X-Ray?
Lapiplasty® Patented Titanium Plating Technology — Enabling Early Weight Bearing
The Lapiplasty® Procedure utilizes two low-profile (petite), anatomically-shaped titanium plates to permanently secure the unstable foundation of your corrected bunion. This provides buttressing on multiple planes and allows you to walk within days of surgery. Think of this in terms of how a basketball player might hold a basketball. When a player tightly grips the ball with both hands, the ball is held more securely than if only one hand is used. Unlike other surgical approaches, the Lapiplasty® Procedure utilizes two plates for this very reason – “Two plates are better than one”.
What Should I Expect In Terms Of Recovery?
The patented titanium plating technology used with the Lapiplasty® Procedure enables patients to bear weight on their foot early. The ability to do so can dramatically improve your recovery process, allowing you to walk up to 6-8 weeks earlier than with the more traditional Lapidus approach (which was previously the only option for addressing the unstable joint). Being able to walk in a surgical boot, as opposed to being completely non-weight bearing (in a cast with scooter or crutches) for 6- 8 weeks, means that you will be getting back to a better quality of life faster; may return to most occupations more quickly; and will be less inconvenienced by bunion surgery.
Recovery Comparison: Expectations
Hear What Patients Are Saying About Lapiplasty® 3d Bunion Correction
Below are quotes from actual Lapiplasty® patients. As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. These results are specific to these individuals only.
Dr Katz and his staff are great! I had lapiplasty for a bunion and also a hammer toe release, only had pain for 2 days and my foot is straight! His new procedure is awesome! I will never use anyone else he is the best! – Cindy W.
It was amazing to have a normal looking foot without pain. I am looking forward to finally wearing sandals again and am seriously considering having the bunion on my left foot corrected with Lapiplasty. – Carrie L.
Dr Adam Katz in the News: Banish Bunions for Good
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to recover from a Lapiplasty® Procedure?
Patients are typically walking within days of surgery. Patients can return to most occupations within days to a couple of weeks, wearing a surgical boot. Within six weeks, you can expect to be walking in comfortable shoes such as tennis shoes, however you should not plan on any high-impact activities for 3-4 months. Short shopping trips and leisurely strolls are examples of the types of activities that should be fine at this point. Around the 4-month mark post-op, you should be able to return to most activities and most shoe wear.
Can I wear fashionable shoes again?
The Lapiplasty® Procedure allows most patients to return to their desired shoes. Of course, some fashionable shoes can be painful (even with a normal foot!), so results can vary from person to person and shoe to shoe.
Can I play sports after the Lapiplasty® Procedure?
Yes, there are no permanent activity limitations after the Lapiplasty® Procedure. Most patients are able to return to most activities after the bones have completely healed at approximately 4 months.
Can the Lapiplasty® Procedure be performed on someone who has previously had traditional surgery?
Yes, the Lapiplasty® Procedure is an option that can be utilized by your doctor when a revision is required. Even if previously treated, patients can experience the same benefits from Lapiplasty® – with a permanently secured foundational joint this time around.
I’ve heard the term “reproducible” used when describing the Lapiplasty® Procedure. What does that mean?
“Reproducible” means that a procedure is easily repeatable with expected results. The Lapiplasty® Procedure utilizes precision, patented instrumentation designed to take the guesswork and “eyeballing” out of bunion surgery; helping ensure your surgeon can get reliable results over and over.
Can the Lapiplasty® Procedure be performed as an outpatient procedure & how long does it last?
Yes, Lapiplasty® surgeries are performed as outpatient procedures. Typically, the surgery will last just under an hour. If your doctor is performing any additional procedures at the same time, the surgery may take longer.
Is the Lapiplasty® Procedure right for me?
Only a surgeon can tell if Lapiplasty is right for you and what level of activity you can expect after healing is complete. Request a consultation at Premier Podiatry Group to learn more.