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CVB ABC 5 News Segment with Dr. Pepyne



January 13th, 2023 – Dr. Emily Pepyne, a board-certified podiatric surgeon from University Orthopedics in North Easton, Massachusetts, was recently interviewed as part of a sponsored segment on WCVB Boston’s American Health Front special.

The host of the show explained what bunions are, how they are formed, and that almost 25% of Americans suffer from the condition . He also described Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction as an “innovative procedure that realigns the big toe joint rather than shaving off the excess bone.”

Dr. Pepyne said that bunion pain often forces patients to limit their physical activities and that the condition typically worsens over time . She explained that the traditional 2D osteotomy procedure involves shaving down the protruding bone on the big toe and shifting the remaining bone over. While this approach gets rid of the bump, it does not address the unstable joint in the foot that causes the bunion.

“The condition occurs when unstable bones in the mid foot drift out of alignment,” Dr. Pepyne explained. She then detailed how Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction corrects the deformity in all three dimensions, securing the unstable bones with a system of patented titanium plates.3

“The Lapiplasty® Procedure has demonstrated a low rate of recurrence of 1-3% in 13- and 17- month clinical trials, respectively,” Dr. Pepyne highlighted.4,5

“Before my procedure, it hurt to walk barefoot and I could not wear any shoes,” her patient said. “It feels so much better to be able to play sports again!”

Dr. Pepyne outlined the recovery process for the Lapiplasty® Procedure, stating that patients are typically able to bear weight in a boot within two weeks after surgery. Most patients can move on to more comfortable shoes within about six weeks after surgery.6

Lapiplasty® is a surgical procedure. Only a surgeon can tell if Lapiplasty® procedure is right for you. As with any surgical treatment, there are risks; individual results may vary; and recovery takes time.  This experience is unique and specific to this patient only.  Potential risks include infection, pain, implant loosening and loss of correction with improper bone healing. For more information on benefits, risks and recovery, visit

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