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.
Dr. David Korfin, 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.