Lapiplasty®: Stepping Away from Bunion Pain
February 13th, 2023 – Dr. Mojgan Tavakoli, a podiatrist at the Foot and Ankle Center of Frisco and Plano in Texas and paid consultant for Treace Medical Concepts, recently shared an article with BubbleLife. She provided insights regarding what bunions are, the impact that the deformity has had on her patients, and her experience offering her patients Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™ as an alternative approach to addressing the condition.
Dr. Tavakoli explained that bunions are a complex condition that form when unstable bones in the foot drift out of alignment. They often worsen over time and can cause excruciating pain as patients age.1 Some of her patients were completely unable to exercise due to the severity of their bunions.2
“The impact bunions have on mobility can disrupt any part of someone’s routine,” Dr. Tavakoli said. “Many of my patients suffering from the deformity have reported challenges in going about their daily lives.” She then mentioned that even though non-surgical devices can provide short-term pain relief, the only way to correct a bunion is with surgery.3
Dr. Tavakoli detailed how Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™ involves realigning the bones in the foot using a system of patented titanium plates.4 The procedure corrects the bunion in all three dimensions and addresses the cosmetic bump on the side of the big toe.
“Most patients can start bearing weight while wearing a walking boot within two weeks after surgery and they are typically cleared to return to physical activities about four months later,”5,6 Dr. Tavakoli remarked. She also explained that the overall rate of bunion recurrence after Lapiplasty® is about 1-3% as demonstrated in 13- and 17- month clinical trials, respectively.7,8
“Bunions can take a severe physical and emotional toll, but it is important for patients to know that they have treatment options,” Dr. Tavakoli stated. In her 21 years of practicing podiatry, Dr. Tavakoli’s goal has always been to help patients return to the lifestyles they love. She is grateful to have helped more than 400 Lapiplasty® patients return to their routines and hobbies that they were previously unable to enjoy due to their bunion pain.
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 Lapiplasty.com.