Orthopedic surgeon uses a better treatment for bunions
February 7th, 2023 – Dr. Fernando Aran, an orthopedic surgeon from Miami Bone & Joint Institute in Florida, was recently interviewed in an article published by Miami’s Community Newspapers about his experiences treating patients suffering from bunions with Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™. He talked about what bunions are, how Lapiplasty® works and how he helps patients through their recovery processes.
Dr. Aran explained that bunions are a progressive condition caused by unstable bones in the foot drifting out of alignment.1 They can be extremely painful and almost 25% of Americans suffer from them.2 He noted that many patients do not seek treatment until their foot pain becomes too difficult for them to manage.3
“When I trained for my fellowship, we were on the forefront of trying to understand the specific cause of a bunion,” Dr. Aran revealed. “While everybody focused on the bump on the inside of the foot, the deformity really starts in the mid-foot.”
Dr. Aran recently began treating his patients with a procedure called Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™. Lapiplasty® uses a system of patented titanium plates to correct the deformity in all three dimensions.4 The surgery addresses the root cause of the condition. Recurrence rates were 1-3% in 13- and 17-month clinical trials, respectively.5
“With older procedures, the patient often couldn’t put weight on their foot for about six weeks after the surgery,6” Dr. Aran said. “With Lapiplasty®, patients are able to bear weight afterwards much quicker.7” He typically instructs his patients to wait about 10 days after the operation before putting weight on their foot.
Dr. Aran has performed Lapiplasty® about 80 times so far and he strongly encourages anyone suffering from bunion pain to research the procedure. He is excited to continue offering patients an opportunity to return to the lifestyles they love.
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.