Is Lapiplasty Right for You?

By Buffalo Medical Group | April 26 2019 | Doctor Tips

It’s estimated that roughly 30 percent of the U.S. population suffers with bunions – a bony deformity of the joint at the base of the big toe. Although this is not a life-threatening condition, it is certainly a quality of life one. People with bunions often feel uncomfortable, experience pain, difficulty wearing certain shoes, embarrassed of their feet, or in extreme cases, are so painful patients can barely walk.

What causes bunions?

It’s a common misconception that shoe choices, especially high heels, cause bunions. This is not the case. Bunions develop in patients who have a family history, or other family members with bunions. Genetics are the reason a patient will develop bunions, although shoe choices may aggravate them, or cause an increased amount of pain.

What are my treatment options?

It is thought by many that by simply shaving off the bone growth, the bunion is fixed, and the problem is solved. It is vital patients understand that this is not solving the problem. The main issue with a bunion lies within the toe joint at the base of the big toe.

Dr. David Davidson and Dr. Michael LaCivita, board-certified foot surgeons, correct bunions using Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction. This method doesn’t just shave off the bulging bone, but instead realigns and secures the joint at the base of your big toe using pins, ensuring the bunion is completely eliminated.

What is the recovery period like?

Gone are the days of needing a large cast, or having to be off of your feet for weeks, or even months. Using Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction, patients are able to put light weight on their foot, while wearing an orthopedic shoe, as soon as two days after the surgery. After about two to three months, patients are able to return to their normal activities, and even wearing the shoes they love.*

Interested in learning more?

Schedule an appointment with Dr. David Davidson or Dr. Michael LaCivita today, to find out if bunion surgery is right for you. Call 716.630.1295.

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*Recovery time varies depending on the patient. It’s important to talk to your surgeon about your level of activities and footwear.