“I couldn’t be happier with the Lapiplasty® Procedure and wish it was available all those years ago for my left foot.”
52-year old Columbus, Ohio resident Vivian is constantly on her feet. In addition to her full-time job cleaning houses, she also works part-time as a receptionist in a law firm. While this schedule can be grueling, Vivian’s bunions often made it agonizing as well.
When Vivian was in her late twenties, bunions formed on both of her feet and within a few years, the bunion on her left foot became incredibly painful. She described the pain as “like needles stabbing my foot” and, over time, the bunion progressed to the point that it was visible through her shoe. By the time she reached her mid-forties and barely being able to walk, she reached out to a local podiatrist.
The podiatrist recommended a traditional 2D osteotomy correction procedure, but did not adequately explain the lengthy recovery process involved. Desperate for pain relief, Vivian underwent the procedure, whereby the bump associated with her bunion was shaved off. Although she was pain-free following surgery, her toe was not straight and she was under strict orders not to put weight on her foot for two months. To cap it off, the bunion returned less than a year later.
Unfortunately, Vivian’s result from the traditional 2D osteotomy correction procedure mirrors clinical data collected which shows up to 70 percent of patients receiving an osteotomy are likely to have their bunion recur.1 And, one in three osteotomy patients end up dissatisfied with their surgical result.1
Although the bunion on her right foot was manageable for more than two decades, it worsened in severity and the acute pain that Vivian suffered from years before returned. Unwilling to suffer as she did with her left foot, she contacted her primary care physician who referred her to Dr. David Kaplansky in Columbus. After evaluating her condition, Dr. Kaplansky suggested Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™.
Unlike a traditional 2D osteotomy bunion surgery which focuses more on the cosmetic “bump”, Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™ addresses the true root cause of bunions by permanently stabilizing the unstable joint at the base of the big toe and rotating the misaligned bone into normal alignment. The patented, metal plates used to permanently secure the unstable joint would allow her to put weight on her foot shortly after surgery.
Vivian underwent Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™ in July 2018 and immediately noticed a few differences compared with her previous surgery. Not only was the toe was completely straight, Dr. Kaplansky gave her permission to put weight on her foot (while wearing a boot) less than two weeks after the procedure, allowing Vivian to quickly return to work. She began walking without the boot just six weeks after her procedure, and today is pain-free.
“I couldn’t be happier with the Lapiplasty® Procedure and wish it was available all those years ago for my left foot,” said Vivian. “I spend much of my day on my feet and now I understand how much of an improvement the Lapiplasty® Procedure is over the old surgical method. I plan to have the bunion on my left foot corrected again; this time with Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™.”
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.
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