American Health Front with Dr. Shields
March 26, 2022 — Dr. Naomi Shields at TruOrtho was recently featured in a sponsored segment as part of American Health Front in a sponsored segment to discuss what how and why bunion deformities form and what options are available to treat them, including Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™.
“A common misconception is that a bunion is simply an overgrowth of bone that can be shaved off,” said Dr. Shields. “However, bunions are really complex 3D deformities caused by an unstable joint in the middle of the foot. are likely to return when the unstable joint/rotational aspect of deformity is not addressed.” 1
In the past, bunion correction surgery only addressed two dimensions of the deformity. According to Dr. Shields, this type of procedure removes the bump but does not address the unstable joint in the foot that causes the bunion. Lapiplasty® addresses all three dimensions of the deformity, returning the bone to normal 3D alignment and securing the unstable joint. 2
“Patients are typically able to walk in a boot within two weeks of surgery and can usually return to wearing more comfortable shoes such as a tennis shoe within six to eight weeks of surgery,” explained Dr. Shields.3
“I have been very pleased to see patients are able to return to physical activities like walking, running, biking or skiing within four to six after surgery,” expressed Dr. Shields.
Individual results vary. These experiences are specific to these patients only. Lapiplasty® is a surgical procedure. Potential risks include infection,pain, implant loosening, and loss of correction with improper bone healing.
Recovery takes time. For further information on the recovery process, follow this link to Recovery Information. Please consult your surgeon for a full understanding the postoperative care associated with the Lapiplasty® Procedure.