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“The surgery was actually a breeze. I was really, really pleased and I am very happy to have a completely straight toe again.”

Nicole, Lapiplasty® Patient

Nicole, 60, had lived with bunions on both feet for years.

As a floral designer in the retail industry for many years, she had to work long hours standing on her feet – which was very painful. “When your feet hurt, everything hurts,” said Nicole when asked how bunions had affected her life. When she had gotten to the point that both feet not only hurt during the day but also kept her awake at night, she consulted a local doctor about bunion surgery. However, disappointingly, she was told that she would have to be off of her feet completely for 6 weeks following the surgical procedure. As a single person providing for her family, she knew that she simply couldn’t take that much time off from work, so she tried to put the pain aside – utilizing conservative treatment options like foot inserts and comfortable shoes such as clogs – to keep going.

It was a couple years later when Nicole learned of a newer solution for bunion correction: Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction through a dear friend. Discovering that the Lapiplasty® Procedure was designed to help patients get back on their feet quickly, she was intrigued, and felt that this solution could be the right fit for her needs. She decided to travel to see one of the surgeon designers of the Lapiplasty® Procedure, Dr. Paul Dayton of Ankeny, IA.

Dr. Dayton confirmed that Nicole was a good candidate for the procedure and explained to her that the Lapiplasty® Procedure would return the entire metatarsal bone to its normal alignment. And, unlike a traditional 2D osteotomy bunion surgery, which focus more on the cosmetic “bump”, Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction would address the true root cause of her bunions by  stabilizing the unstable joint at the base of each big toe after rotating the misaligned bone into normal alignment. The patented, titanium plates would be used to secure the unstable joint and allow her to put weight on their foot shortly after surgery. Nicole elected to move forward with surgery to finally rid herself of the constant pain.

On a Friday in August 2018, Nicole had surgery on her right bunion. Dr. Dayton not only corrected her bunion with the Lapiplasty® Procedure, but also fixed a hammertoe issue which had developed as a direct result of her bunion crossing over and crowding the adjacent toes. She recovered over the weekend in a hotel and put no weight on her foot, but by Monday she was back to the doctor’s office being fitted for a walking boot. Even with three toes corrected during her surgery, Nicole was walking in a boot just three days after surgery. According to Nicole, “The surgery was actually a breeze. I was really, really pleased and I am very happy to have a completely straight toe again.”

Within a couple of weeks of surgery, in her walking boot, Nicole was back to walking her dogs, grocery shopping, antique shopping; pretty much able to do everything that she needed to do for a normal life, except the boot precluded her from driving. Three months out from the surgery, she is back in comfortable shoes and is now able to be as ambulatory as she chooses. “I have to confess that I’m a little vain, so when I go out to dinner, I do get dressed up and wear my heels already for short periods of time,” she laughs. “Overall, I was really surprised with how quickly I was able to get relief from pain after the surgery. I don’t have any complaints and I’m looking forward to my first walking tour of Nashville over the holidays.”

In fact, Nicole is so pleased with her outcome that she plans to revisit Dr. Dayton in January of 2019 to have the bunion on her left foot corrected as well. “It’ll be so good to have my other foot corrected too, after looking at gnarly feet for 20 years,” she jokes.

Only a surgeon can tell if Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction is right for you and what level of activity you can expect after healing is complete. As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary and this experience is unique and specific to this patient only. There are potential risks with surgery and recovery takes time. Potential risks include, but are not limited to: infection, discomfort from the presence of the implant, loosening of the implant, and loss of correction with nonunion or malunion.

Only a surgeon can tell if Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction is right for you. As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary and this experience is unique and specific to this patient only. There are potential risks with surgery and recovery takes time. Potential risks include, but are not limited to: infection, discomfort from the presence of the implant, loosening of the implant, and loss of correction with nonunion or malunion.

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Select the image below that best describes the bunion on your big toe.

A mild bunion is a small but noticeable bump at the base of the big toe and a big toe that starts to lean toward the 2nd toe.
A moderate bunion is a substantial bump at the base of the big toe and a big toe that leans toward the 2nd toe.
A severe bunion is a large bump at the base of the big toe and a big toe crosses over the 2nd toe.
A normal foot does not have a bump at the base of the big toe or a big toe that leans toward the 2nd toe.
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Select the image(s) below that describe other issues with your feet.

A bunionette (or Tailor’s bunion) is a bump at the base of your little toe. It’s possible that bunionettes can be treated during the same surgery as Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™.
A hammertoe is an abnormal bend in the middle joint of your toes. It’s possible that hammertoes can be treated during the same surgery as Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™.
Arthritis occurs when the cartilage at your big toe joint (1st metatarsophalangeal or MTP joint) breaks down, causing pain and stiffness. The Lapiplasty® implants are indicated for MTP fusion, which can be appropriate for advanced big toe arthritis.
Diabetes is a disease that affects how your body uses blood sugar. Diabetic patients with controlled blood sugar levels may still be candidates for Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™.
None of these issues.
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