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How Lapiplasty® Gave Me a Second Chance at Relief from Bunions



July 22, 2022 — Kathleen Blaney recently contributed an article to the Pittsburgh Patch in which she discussed her experience living with painful bunion deformities and undergoing a traditional removal procedure. Kathleen described her experience with this procedure as “painful and inconvenient”. Even after a six-week-long recovery process, her toe still curved inwards.

“When the bunion on my right foot started to worsen and cause intense pain, I was reluctant to undergo traditional surgery,” said Kathleen.

Eventually, Kathleen came across Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction, a new procedure that differs from traditional procedures in that it involves properly aligning and securing the bones in the foot1. To get a second opinion, she met with Dr. William DeCarbo, a specialist at Greater Pittsburgh Foot & Ankle Center. He explained that she would likely be able to bear weight on her foot while wearing a surgical boot within days after surgery2. Kathleen scheduled her procedure on October 25, 2021.

Three months after surgery, she was cleared for physical activity. She celebrated by going out dancing with her husband.

“To anyone who is living with pain and discomfort from bunions like I was, I recommend finding a Lapiplasty® provider and visiting them for a consultation,” said Kathleen.

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As with any medical treatment, individual results vary. There are potential risks and 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.

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