LAPIPLASTY Bunion Correction

At Advanced Foot Care of NJ, LLC, we understand that bunions can get in the way of doing the activities you love the most. That is why we offer an innovative solution for treating this often painful condition. Not only does Lapiplasty work as an effective treatment for bunions, but the recovery time is much faster than most other options. Dr. Anant Joshi is excited to offer this new approach that helps patients feel their best. 


An Introduction to Lapiplasty


Lapiplasty is also referred to as a bunionectomy. While previous approaches for bunion removal have existed, none measure up to this revolutionary procedure. This cutting-edge technology and surgical technique can remove bunions that are caused by a misaligned big toe. This lapiplasty bunion correction surgery remedies the root cause of the bunion. This approach also drastically reduces the amount of time that patients cannot put weight on that foot. Faster healing times minimizes the potential for infection from surgery. 


Before lapiplasty, many podiatrists believed that the bunion was simply a bony outgrowth that required surgical removal. The lapiplasty approach recognizes the complex nature of a bunion and how it may affect every person differently. An unstable foundation in the joint generally causes bunions. Previous surgical methods used a two-dimensional approach to correcting the bunion. However, this procedure frequently left patients with an unstable base causing the bunion to develop again. 


The Procedure


Lapiplasty brings the third dimension to the surgery. The surgery repairs the joint to working order. This method works by using specialized training and instrumentation to reshape the metatarsal bone on all sides. 


Once the bone has been properly shaped, it allows your podiatrist to rotate the bone back into the correct anatomical position. The entire joint is then realigned in the right position. An improper alignment of this joint causes bunions, so the proper alignment eliminates the root cause. 


Once the joint is properly aligned, the metatarsal is then secured with two titanium plates. These plates ensure joint alignment while healing. 


Research has found that traditional bunion surgery left 1/3 of patients unhappy with their surgery results and a 70% recurrence rate. While bunions can still redevelop with lapiplasty, podiatrists have seen a drastic reduction in secondary bunions.


The Recovery


Traditional bunion surgery, or the Lapidus method, requires patients to have their foot completely immobilized (without bearing any weight) for 6-8 weeks longer than the lapiplasty approach. Many of our patients don’t need as much time off work and can return to their everyday lives much sooner. 


While bunion surgery is still an invasive procedure, you won’t have to wear a restrictive cast. Instead, you’ll wear a special boot to help keep the bones in their proper position as the body heals. However, unlike the Lapidus approach, you’ll be able to walk in your boot. We suggest that our patients begin walking in their boot just days after their surgery.  


Special Considerations


Lapiplasty is a revolutionary new approach for podiatrists to help their patients get rid of painful bunions and start walking sooner. However, this procedure requires extensive training and equipment. Many podiatry practices are not offering this procedure. However, Dr. Anant Joshi takes pride in being on the cutting edge of medical technology. 


Contact Us Today


Bunions are hard to live with. If you’re tired of the issues they cause, reach out to Advanced Foot Care of NJ, LLC, for fast and effective help. Our patients have the peace of mind knowing that they are receiving the most advanced care in the industry. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at our Woodland Park, NJ, podiatry practice.