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Treating Patients from All Walks of Life: The Lapiplasty®Procedure


January 22, 2024 – Dr. Brad Schaeffer, a board-certified foot and ankle specialist from Piscataway, New Jersey, contributed a bylined article to the New Jersey Patch about his experience treating painful bunions. He talked about what the condition is, how they form and how he performs a procedure called Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction®.

One of Dr. Schaeffer’s patients was training to walk the Camino de Santiago, a 500-mile hiking trail that starts in France and ends in Spain. Her bunion pain prevented her from continuing her training, but fortunately she caught a segment of a television show featuring Dr. Schaeffer and decided to make an appointment with him.

“While there are nonsurgical options such as shoe inserts, splints and pads that can provide temporary relief for bunion pain, the only way to correct the deformity is with surgery,”1 Dr. Schaeffer said. “The Lapiplasty® Procedure allows surgeons to realign the bones in the foot and place them in their proper positions.”

Dr. Schaeffer’s patient underwent the Lapiplasty® Procedure on her left foot in October 2022. She is cleared for physical activity and has resumed her training for the Camino de Santiago.

“I see many patients who are worried that their feet will never feel better. With the Lapiplasty® Procedure, foot specialists such as myself have been able to address the concerns and put them on the right track toward being able to return to the lifestyles they once enjoyed,” Dr. Schaeffer encouraged.

Only a surgeon can tell if the Lapiplasty® Procedure is right for you. This experience is unique and specific to this patient only. Individual results may vary depending on age, weight, health, and other variables. There are risks and recovery takes time. For more information about recovery from the Lapiplasty® Procedure, see the recovery information and discuss the post-surgery recovery process with your doctor. Risks include infection, pain, implant loosening and loss of correction with improper bone healing. For more information on benefits, risks and recovery, visit

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