What are the Advantages of Lapiplasty Bunion Surgery?
Lapiplasty is a breakthrough surgical procedure that our podiatrists at Advanced Foot & Ankle Centers of Illinois are excited to offer our patients. Lapiplasty offers numerous advantages, including:
More Dependable Long-Term Results
Lapiplasty is described by podiatrists across the United States as a 3D solution to a 3D problem. By correcting and stabilizing the entire metatarsal bone, the surgery involves restoring that bone to its proper alignment, which eradicates the bump and straightens the toe. By fusing the unstable joint with titanium plates, the correction is permanently secured, which means dependable, long-term results for you.
Quicker Recovery to Get Back on Your Feet
Undergoing surgery can be inconvenient, especially because recovery times can be quite lengthy. One huge benefit of lapiplasty is that patients can expect a much faster recovery time. After a traditional bunionectomy, most patients cannot put any weight on their foot until around six weeks after surgery. With lapiplasty, many patients are back on their feet and walking in a boot within a few days to a few weeks.
Minimal Incisions for Quicker Healing
Some bunion surgeries involve big incisions. That is not the case with lapiplasty. Tiny incisions are made to accomplish the goal of returning the metatarsal bone to its normal alignment. Since the incisions are minimal, your recovery time will be significantly shortened.
What to Expect from Bunion Surgery
No matter what type of bunion surgery you undergo, it will be important to understand all the details of the procedure. Our podiatrists will be happy to provide you with all information you need to know about the surgery, as well as answer your questions and address your concerns.
If you are a candidate for lapiplasty, it is helpful to know that this is typically an outpatient procedure (meaning that you can return home the same day). The duration of the surgery is approximately one hour. You will be given anesthesia before the procedure begins. When you wake up and enter the recovery phase, your care team will ensure that you have all the post-operative instructions you need. You will be encouraged to contact our podiatrists with any questions or concerns and schedule a follow-up appointment so we can evaluate your progress toward healing after your lapiplasty bunion surgery.