“The difference between my first bunion surgery and the Lapiplasty® Procedure was like night and day. I was happy with how quickly I was on my feet and fully recovered with the new approach.”
With common risk factors for the development of bunions including genetics as well as wearing tight, restrictive footwear, it was no surprise to Judy (a 65 year-old retiree from Missouri) that she developed bunions on both feet. Not only do bunions run in her family, Judy spent much of her adult life in dress shoes as the owner of a retail-clothing store with long hours on her feet.
For more than thirty years as a successful business owner, office employee, and busy mother, Judy suffered some degree of pain. She tried over-the-counter orthopedic gel pads and inserts in search of relief, but to no avail. As the years progressed and the pain increased, Judy limited her mobility. And, as the bunions became visible though many of her shoes, she began to feel self-conscious about her appearance.
In 2016, a searing pain in the middle toe on her right foot sent her to Dr. Jody McAleer, a podiatrist in nearby Jefferson City, MO. Dr. McAleer diagnosed the pain as a pinched nerve brought about by the bunion. He suggested correcting it through a common, surgical procedure called a Lapidus bunionectomy.
Judy underwent surgery on her right foot in October 2016. She endured a lengthy rehab associated with the traditional Lapidus bunionectomy which required her to be completely non-weight bearing for the first six weeks (no walking at all), before being allowed to move into a walking boot. Full recovery took close to six months.
During one of her follow-up visits with Dr. McAleer, he informed her about a new surgical procedure called Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™ that he had learned about and had become trained on. Dr. McAleer felt this new procedure would be a good option for the bunion on her left foot.
Unlike the traditional Lapidus bunionectomy, the Lapiplasty® Procedure would do more by addressing all three-dimensions of the bunion deformity by rotating the patient’s entire affected metatarsal bone back into normal alignment. The unstable joint is then stabilized with patented titanium plating technology. This 3D approach to bunion correction naturally removes the bump and straightens the toe, while the patented Lapiplasty® titanium plating technology enables patients to bear weight on their foot within days in a walking boot.
Judy’s Lapiplasty® Procedure took place in June 2017 and, compared to the first surgery on her right foot, she experienced an accelerated recovery. She was able to put weight on her left foot the day following the operation, in a walking boot. She was able to move out of the boot after six weeks into normal, comfortable shoe wear; and was walking pain-free at 2 months.
“The difference between my first bunion surgery and the Lapiplasty® Procedure was like night and day. I was happy with how quickly I was on my feet and fully recovered with the new approach,” Judy said.
And today, according to Judy, she is pain-free, no longer self-conscious with her appearance, and enjoys life with her friends and family. She is content with the knowledge that if the bunion on her right foot should reappear, she can address it with the newer, novel approach of Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™.
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Based on your responses, you are not a candidate for Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™. Lapiplasty® is indicated for treatment of bunions (also known as Hallux Valgus) - a bump found at the base of the big toe. If you do not suffer from a bunion, then Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction" is not for you. We wish you good health!
Still think you might be experiencing pain from a bunion?
Here are 5 symptoms to look out for that could make Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™ a good option for you:
- You're seeing a visual "bump" at the base of your big toe.
- Shoes that once fit comfortably now feel too tight or painful to wear.
- You experience frequent numbness or tightness in your big toe.
- Pain or swelling increases when you stand for long periods of time.
- You struggle or are unable to bend your big toe without feeling pain or a burning sensation.
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