Advantages of a Lapiplasty Bunionectomy

Lapiplasty is a much more advanced procedure, which uses cutting-edge instrumentation to correct a deformed big toe joint in all three dimensions. 

Instead of simply rearranging a bunion for a more normal appearance, this technique involves restoring toe alignment and stabilizing the metatarsophalangeal joint. It also restores the natural shape of the foot anatomy. Here are the advantages most patients experience after a lapiplasty. 

Faster Recovery Time 

Conventional bunion correction surgeries require extensive preparation and a lengthy recovery time. In most cases, patients cannot place any significant weight on their foot for six full weeks and may still need assistive walking devices for some time afterward. 

However, lapiplasty patients only require several days of rest before they can support themselves using a surgical boot. Patients can typically switch to tennis shoes six to eight weeks after surgery. 

Enhanced Mobility 

After a conventional bunion surgery, the patient’s foot is usually placed inside a cast. For the first six weeks of post-surgical treatment, most people need to use crutches or a scooter to navigate everyday life—posing a considerable challenge for adults who have obligations outside of the house, yet lack access to a wheelchair- or scooter-friendly vehicle. 

Lapiplasty, in contrast, rarely requires any mobility aids. You may have to use a surgical boot, but won’t likely have to make any other lifestyle changes. 

Future Peace of Mind

Lapiplasty procedures typically take less than an hour to complete, from start to finish. Although recovery can last up to six weeks, most patients feel secure knowing that their bunions are much less likely to come back. 

In fact, lapiplasty is so successful, it’s often recommended as a solution to people whose bunions returned after receiving conventional surgeries.

Dr. P. Roman Burk
Providing experienced private practice podiatry services in the Caldwell and Meridian, ID area since 2007.