Lapiplasty is an advanced surgical method for bunion correction. This technique uses specially designed instruments to manipulate the bone in 3 dimensions so that the root of the problem, a misaligned and unstable joint within the midfoot is corrected and stabilized. The procedure uses smaller incisions than traditional bunion surgery which involves shaving of the bony projection (osteotomy) and shifting the bones but does not address the unstable joint or the 3-dimensional nature of the deformity.
Lapiplasty is specifically developed to treat bunions. A bunion is an abnormal outward bony projection at the base of the big toe while the big toe points towards the rest of the toes. The big toe may overlap or underlap the adjacent toe or toes. The deformity occurs in horizontal, vertical, and rotational dimensions.
To perform a Lapiplasty, your surgeon will do the following:
The procedure may take up to one hour and may vary based on the severity of the condition.
Lapiplasty does not require casting and recovery is usually faster than traditional bunion surgery. You will be able to bear weight on your feet within a few days of the surgery. For 6-8 weeks, your doctor will recommend a surgical boot for support.
Advantages of lapiplasty include: