Bunions are common. In fact, more than one third of Americans have bunions. They are more prevalent as you age and more common in women than men. Unfortunately, bunions are all too often the reason that people give up hiking, jogging, dancing and even walking.
Bunions are most often hereditary, but they can also be caused by wearing improper fitting or narrow shoes or arthritis. A bunion forms with the big toe turns outward and the top of toe points inward (toward the other toes). When this happens the joint at the base of the big toe forms a bump or deformity. The toe can get stiff, have swelling or redness around the big toe joint and may even limit the movement of the big toe. Often people have a hard time wearing their shoes and over time it becomes painful to walk or put pressure on the joint.
Today, the new LapiFuse procedure offers hope for people suffering from the pain and chronic stiffness of bunions. Traditionally bunion surgery addressed the problem by fixing the deformity of the big toe joint, often by shaving off the bony structure and reshaping the toe. The LapiFuse procedure is different. It corrects the bunion at the source in the mid-foot and re-aligns and rotates the bones to return them to their proper position. Then, your surgeon is able to hold the bones in place with a titanium plate that keeps the bones in that position.
Relieve the pain of bunions – wear your favorite shoes and participate in your favorite activities without the pain of bunions. LapiFuse fixes the problem at the source and does so in a way that provides more permanent alignment changes. This means there is less of a chance your bunion will return and a lower chance of a repeat procedure.
Improve the appearance of your toe – The LapiFuse procedure can remove the bunion, but preserve the natural look of the foot and the length of the toe, unlike some other traditional bunion procedures.
Increase Your Activity – LapiFuse addresses the root cause of the bunion which is commonly in the mid- foot. This means that we can preserve the motion in the big toe ad thereby you can get back to all the actives you love once you are healed.
If your bunion pain makes it difficult to walk or stand for long periods of time or if it prevents you from participating in your daily activities or exercise, it’s time to talk to your foot and ankle doctor at Advantage Orthopedic and Sports Medicine and learn about your options to relieve the pain and restore your active lifestyle.
Q: What makes the LapiFuse procedure different from other bunion correction surgeries?
A: Some bunion correction procedures require shortening of the toe and large incisions that can affect how the foot looks. The LapiFuse Bunion Procedure is designed to preserve toe length, reduce pain and restore the natural appearance of the foot.
Q: How long does the LapiFuse procedure take?
A: The time required for the LapiFuse procedure is unique to each patient and surgeon. Generally, the LapiFuse procedure will take 45-60 minutes.
Q: What will my recovery look like?
A: Recovery is specific to each patient. During the first week after your procedure, it is generally recommended that you keep your foot elevated. Then, 10 days post-operation, you may be placed in a bunion dressing and short walker boot. After 6 weeks, your doctor may remove the boot and you should be able to wear normal footwear. However, your doctor will give you specific recovery instructions to ensure optimal healing.
Q: Will the procedure improve my mobility?
A: Because the LapiFuse procedure preserves the joint movement of the big toe, it is specially designed to improve mobility, letting you get back to your active lifestyle. Typically, patients should be able to return to regular physical activity 6-7 weeks after their procedure.
Q: When can I wear loose fitting closed-toe shoes again?
A: Typically, at 6-7 weeks, patients are allowed full weight bearing in loose fitting close toed shoes.
Q: Is it possible for my bunion to return after surgery?
A: Surgical correction of bunions seeks to address the underlying structural causes of bunions and the LapiFuse procedure is specially designed with compression technology to reduce the likelihood that bunions will return. However, there is a possibility that the bunions may return and, to reduce that risk, be sure to comply fully with your doctor’s recovery instructions.1