3D Bunion Correction
Painful bunions? There's a new, patented treatment option.
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 that can be painful with each step.
For 87% of 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.
Unlike traditional methods, Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction is a new treatment option that removes "the bump" and corrects the root of the problem. Advanced fixation technology is used to secure the correction in place, allowing patients to walk within days of surgery.
How does Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™ work?
Instead of cutting the bone in half and shifting the top part over, the patented Lapiplasty® procedure uses 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michael A. Gentile, DPM, FACFAS
- Marshall Orthopaedics 304-691-1262
An outpatient department of Cabell Huntington Hospital
Marshall University Medical Center
1600 Medical Center Drive
Suite G500 (Ground Floor)
Huntington, WV 25701
Toll-Free Phone: 877-691-1600
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Gentile or for more information, call Marshall Orthopaedics at 304-691-1262.