Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction
What are bunions?
Bunions are a common foot deformity where the great toe drifts toward the smaller toes and a bump forms on the inside of the foot. A frequent misconception is that bunions are just a simple overgrowth of bone at the base of your big toe that can be simply shaved off. In reality, bunions are complex deformities caused by an unstable joint in the middle of the foot. With an unstable foundation, the bone can rotate out of alignment in three dimensions and form the painful bump at the base of the big toe. 87% of bunions are misaligned in 3 dimensions. The Lapiplasty procedure was developed to address bunions in 3 dimensions.
What is the Lapiplasty procedure?
During traditional bunion surgery, the bone is cut in half and the top part is pushed over, treating the bunion symptoms or bump. This approach is a two-dimensional solution for a three-dimensional problem. With an unstable joint still left at its foundation, the bunion has an increased likelihood of coming back.
Unlike traditional bunion surgeries which address bunion correction only in two dimensions, the Lapiplasty procedure corrects the entire bone in all three dimensions. This restores the bone to its proper alignment while naturally removing the bump and straightening the great toe. Once the bone is corrected, screws and plates are used to permanently secure the unstable joint in place. Since the procedure uses advanced fixation technology, most patients are able to walk within days or weeks of surgery without a cast. This allows patients to get back to the shoe wear of their choice and activities quickly much more quickly compared to traditional bunion surgeries.