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Take 5 – Lapiplasty Mini Incision System



November 25th, 2022 – Dr. William DeCarbo, a foot and ankle specialist from Greater Pittsburgh Foot & Ankle Center, was recently interviewed as part of a “Take 5” segment on WPXI in Pittsburgh. He talked about what bunions are and how the Lapiplasty® Mini-Incision System has benefited his patients suffering from the condition.

“There’s a misconception that a bunion is just a bump on the side of the foot that grows over time,” Dr. DeCarbo explained. “It’s really a deformity in the mid-foot.” He used a model of a foot to show how the bone moves out of alignment, causing the big toe to drift out and towards the lesser toes.

Dr. DeCarbo talked about more conservative treatments that patients will sometimes use instead of seeking medical attention right away. Wide toe box shoes, activity modifications, orthotics and anti-inflammatories are a few of the non-surgical options that patients turn to. If their pain is not relieved, patients will typically make an appointment with a specialist like Dr. DeCarbo.1

“Lapiplasty® is a 3D bunion correction procedure where we take the deformity and anatomically, consistently, and reproducibly put it back into alignment,” said Dr. DeCarbo. “The anatomic correction supports the longevity of the procedure,” he said.2

Dr. DeCarbo then talked about how most of his patients have been able to get back on their feet within days after surgery and back into full activity within about four months.3,4 “Most importantly, we’re seeing the procedure hold up in the long-term.”

Dr. DeCarbo noted that most insurance providers, including Medicare, cover the procedure. Dr. DeCarbo’s office pre-certifies every procedure for a patient, ensuring that it is covered.

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

*Physician is a paid consultant of Treace Medical Concepts, Inc.

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