When you have a painful bunion, you might feel one of your only options is to “just live with it as it is.” Let us assure you that is not your best option.
There are many cases in which a bunion can be treated via conservative methods, providing significant relief of pain and even increases in mobility. If you have never seen a doctor for these options, please do not wait any longer. We are more than happy to discuss your situation!
However, it is sometimes true that conservative measures just won’t provide the level of results a patient needs. Sometimes the case is just too severe, or the needs of a patient are unique. In these situations, we may consider bunion surgery as an option for providing lasting relief.
We understand the thought of surgery may put some people off, but the benefits can be great! Methods and technology are also evolving all the time, and we are proud to provide one of the latest here at our practice: Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction.
How Does Lapiplasty Differ from Other Bunion Surgeries?
There are multiple procedures for addressing a bunion with surgery. However, one similarity among many of these procedures is that they address a three-dimensional problem in a two-dimensional manner.
In some procedures, the “bump” of a bunion is shaved off. In others, the top of the bone is cut and shifted over. Both of these procedures reduce the appearance of a bunion, as well as its likelihood of becoming irritated against the inside of shoes and other materials. These are indeed benefits, but the root of the problem—the unstable joint—remains.
Although a two-dimensional approach to surgery can have immediate effects, they do not always last if the full problem is not addressed. The instability of the joint may cause the toe to shift once again in the future, placing a patient back to Square One. In fact, the likelihood of a bunion coming back after many traditional forms of bunion surgery is about 12 times that of an approach that takes the joint instability into account.
And Lapiplasty is that type of surgery.
How Does Lapiplasty Work?
In the Lapiplasty Procedure, the unstable bone is rotated back into its correct standard position. The bones themselves are not cut.
Once in place two small, anatomically shaped titanium plates are secured against the joint. This supports the joint from multiple angles, providing a high level of stabilization that is much more likely to keep the joint from shifting again.
The ultimate goals of the surgery are pain relief and elimination of the bump. In other words, a return to normalcy.
Frequently Asked Questions About Lapiplasty
Do you have questions about this procedure? You may find the answers below. And if you do not, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
How long does the surgery last?
A normal Lapiplasty procedure is expected to last a little under an hour. If there are additional procedures needed, or other circumstances at play, this time may vary.
What should I expect from recovery?
Recovery from Lapiplasty is typically faster than many other forms of bunion surgery. It requires no casting, and you will likely be able to bear weight on the foot within a few days, as opposed to several weeks with other procedures. You can expect to be back in shoes within 6-8 weeks, as well.
Please note that sometimes extenuating circumstances can change expectations. We will be sure to discuss these potential factors with you before and after the procedure.
What if I have already had another form of bunion surgery?
In most cases, Lapiplasty can be performed on a patient who has already had a more traditional form of bunion surgery. The only difference this time around is a more stable joint.
Will I be able to play sports after Lapiplasty?
Yep. A successful Lapiplasty procedure does not have any activity restrictions once the bones have fully healed. This takes approximately 4 months, and we can help you build a routine to stay active without risking damage to your foot in the meantime.
Get the Care You Need for Your Bunion!
Whether Lapiplasty, another procedure, or more conservative methods would be the best option for your bunion, the worst thing you can do is stand by and let the condition continue to dictate your comfort! We can get to the root of your condition and help improve your quality of life.
When you’re ready, give us a call at (405) 418-2676 to schedule an appointment at our office in Oklahoma City. If you prefer to reach out to us electronically, simply fill out our online contact form and a member of our staff will reach out to you during regular office hours.
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