‘Bunion’ deformities of the great toe joint (hallux abducto-valgus) are a common forefoot complaint for many patients. The great toe deviates over time due to genetic and environmental factors. The resulting prominence of the joint becomes impinged when wearing shoes. This creates a source of irritation and pain that can ultimately result in nerve injury, limitation in motion, and joint arthritis.
The Lapiplasty® procedure provides the benefits of a standard reproducible surgical approach that achieves tri-planar correction and supports immediate weight bearing for mild, moderate and severe bunion deformities. This groundbreaking technique also reduces operative time and decreases patient exposure to anesthesia.
The procedure makes use of specialized instrumentation specifically designed to manipulate and reduce the bunion prior to making the initial bone cuts. It allows for minimal bone removal which nearly eliminates the risk of significant bone shortening. It also supports the use of biplanar plate fixation of the correction site. This technique is what makes immediate weight bearing possible.
More traditional surgical approaches can require patients to be inconvenienced by 6 weeks of non-weight bearing status. The Lapiplasty® returns patients to their typical footwear within 6 weeks of surgery and should provide lasting permanent results. This typically provides for an improved patient experience post-operatively and limits the disruption of daily activities.
JCMG Podiatry was the first center in the State of Missouri to offer this procedure.