Are Bunions Limiting Your Activities and Lifestyle?
Bunions can be very painful. With each step, your entire body weight rests on that bunion. Ouch! Conservative treatment options can help alleviate pain, but will not fix the problem because bunions are a progressive disorder that will not go away on their own without surgical correction.
Bunion Surgery Has Changed
A common misconception is that a bunion is simply a “bump” that can be “shaved off.” But, bunions are more than a bump – they are complex 3D problems caused by an unstable joint in the middle of the foot. While the majority of bunion surgery is only 2D and fails to address the root cause, Lapiplasty® provides a 3D correction and secures the unstable joint.
How Does Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™ Work?
While traditional 2D osteotomy surgery merely cuts & shifts the bone to address the cosmetic bump, Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™ does more — it corrects the entire bone in 3D and secures the unstable foundation to get you back on your feet quickly in a walking boot. The Lapiplasty® Procedure has also shown low recurrence; 97% and 99% maintain 3D correction in 13 and 17 months respectively.
Recovery From Lapiplasty®
A typical recovery timeline is detailed below. However, timepoints and doctor’s orders vary based on each patient’s condition. Be sure to ask your doctor what your particular recovery protocol will look like.
Lapiplasty® Before & After
The Positive Effect of Lapiplasty®
Is the Lapiplasty® Procedure covered by insurance?
Yes, good news — Most insurances and Medicare do typically cover bunionectomy and joint fusion procedures that utilize the Lapiplasty® System when the procedures are medically necessary.
Your doctor’s office can reach out to your provider to determine your specific level of coverage and communicate coverage back to you after he/she has had a chance to evaluate you and make a surgical plan.
Can the Lapiplasty® Procedure be performed as an outpatient procedure and how long does it last?
Yes, the Lapiplasty® Procedure is performed as an outpatient procedure. It can be performed either in a surgical center setting or in a hospital setting with the average surgery time around a hour.
Of course, if you have other procedures performed simultaneously along with Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™, that will influence the length of surgery time — however, an overnight stay will not be required and you will return home, the same day of surgery
Can I wear my choice of footwear again?
Yes. After the Lapiplasty® Procedure recovery period is completed, and you foot has healed, you should be able to wear whatever footwear you would normally wear!
When can I return to sports / activities?
The Lapiplasty® Procedure has been used effectively on highly active patients. Most patients can return to low-impact activities at 3 months after surgery. And, typically patients are released to return to full activity, including impact sports, at 4-6 months.
Can the Lapiplasty® Procedure be performed on someone who has previously had traditional surgery?
Yes. It is possible to have a failed 2D bunion surgery corrected and have an excellent clinical outcome.
Of course, it will be up to a doctor to do an evaluation of your foot in order to tell you if this could work for your particular and unique condition.