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Getting Back to my Active Lifestyle After Lapiplasty®



September 29, 2022 — 49-year-old yoga teacher and Nevada resident Anjanette Bixel recently contributed an article to the Las Vegas Patch in which she discussed her experience living with bunion deformities before undergoing a 2D osteotomy to correct them and eventually turning to a newer approach called Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction.

“As a young woman, foot pain caused by bunions threatened my ability to do the activities I enjoyed,” said Anjanette. “I decided to undergo 2D osteotomies, often known as “Shave It Off” surgeries on both of my feet about 20 years ago with the hope that my pain would resolve.”

Unfortunately, the bunion on Anjanette’s right foot returned. Despite her constant pain, she was not interested in undergoing the 2D osteotomy again. She knew she needed to find a different solution.

“My research eventually brought me to the office of Dr. Abdi Raissi, an orthopedic surgeon with Desert Orthopaedics Group in Las Vegas,” said Anjanette. “I wanted him to see if I was a candidate for a newer procedure called Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction that I came across on the internet.”

The Lapiplasty® Procedure addresses the root cause of the deformity by returning the bones in the foot to their correct alignment and securing them in their proper positions using a system of patented titanium plates . This procedure didn’t seem overly invasive to Anjanette; she liked the idea of fixing the cause of the bunion, rather than just shaving off the bump. After meeting with Dr. Raissi and determining she was a candidate for the procedure, Anjanette underwent Lapiplasty® on her right foot in May 2021.

“After staying off my feet for about five days, I was able to bear weight on my foot in a surgical boot,” explained Anjanette. “I was impressed at the lack of post-surgical pain I experienced and looked forward to getting back to my usual lifestyle.”

Before surgery, Anjanette had trouble finding comfortable shoes and if she exercised, her bunion would become red, swollen and sore. Since undergoing the Lapiplasty® Procedure, she is back to doing the activities she loves. When asked about her experience with the procedure, Anjanette said, “I love the results I got. I’m so glad I did it.”

Lapiplasty® is a surgical procedure. There are risks associated with surgery. Potential risks include infection, pain, implant loosening and loss of correction with improper bone healing. As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary and recovery takes time. For more information on benefits, risks and recovery, visit

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