All right, so the next thing we want to talk about is a surgical fix for bunions. All right, so one way to fix a bunion is to fix a bunion at the top of the toe. These are termed different things, but a lot of times, a head procedure. You shift it over at the head, and you hold it in place with two screws. These are more for mild bunion procedures. Other times, when you have a bunion that goes off to the side, you can do it at the shaft. That is also a very common procedure. It's shifted over at the shaft, held straight with a lot of times two screws. One procedure that I'm super passionate about is a lapiplasty bunion procedure, which is a 3D bunion correction that's fixed in all planes. When you have a bunion that goes off to the side. A lot of times, the problem is at the base, at the base of the joint, and I'll show you here; this joint can go off to the side. When this goes off to the side, this toe goes over, and it can create a lot of pain. And what it looks like is a pain at the bump. This right here, that's where everyone notices that bunion. If the cause of the bunion is at the base, the way to treat the bunion now and forever is with a base procedure, and lapiplasty and 3D bunion procedures are the way that I love to treat this. At Central Park Soul, we make sure that we are up on every new and innovative treatment and lapiplasty delivers. It can be through a plate system, a staple system, and any way that we can take care of your issue with the new, latest, and greatest technology is the way I want to take care of you. Limited downtime, limited recovery, and faster time to where you can get back to the things you love, back to family activities, back to your work, and just back to life. Coming to Central Park Soul will give you a full exam with no wait, no hassles, and very easy, smiling faces.

What is Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Surgery?

Lapiplasty is a state-of-the-art 3D bunion correction surgery that goes beyond simply removing the bony bump of a bunion. While traditional bunion surgery focuses on shavingX-ray showing a bunion in the foot down the protruding bone, Lapiplasty actually shifts and corrects the entire misaligned bone structure that is causing the bunion.

In addition to providing better long-term results, Lapiplasty is less invasive than other bunion correction methods. It can be performed through smaller incisions, leading to less pain and scarring. In most cases, patients can bear weight on their feet within days of surgery, allowing for a faster recovery and return to normal activities.

How Lapiplasty Bunion Surgery Works

By rotating the affected metatarsal bone back into its proper anatomical position and permanently securing it there, Lapiplasty addresses the underlying cause of the bunion deformity. This 3D surgical approach leads to a more effective and lasting correction than conventional 2D osteotomy procedures. Studies have shown that Lapiplasty reduces the risk of bunion recurrence to less than 3%, over 12 times lower than traditional bunion surgery.

What to Expect With Lapiplasty Bunion Surgery in NYC

If you choose Dr. Schaeffer as your Lapiplasty bunion surgeon in New York, here's a general overview of what you can expect:

  1. Initial Consultation about Lapiplasty Bunion Surgery: You'll meet with Dr. Schaeffer to discuss your bunion symptoms, medical history, and treatment goals. He'll thoroughly examine your foot, including X-rays, to determine if you're a good candidate for Lapiplasty surgery.
  2. Customized Surgical Planning for Lapiplasty Bunion Surgery: Dr. Schaeffer will use advanced imaging to visualize your specific foot anatomy and bunion deformity in three dimensions. This allows him to plan the exact movements needed to restore bone alignment and joint congruency for optimal results.
  3. Outpatient Procedure for Lapiplasty Bunion Surgery: Lapiplasty bunion surgery is typically performed as an outpatient procedure under regional or general anesthesia. Through small incisions, Dr. Schaeffer rotates the deviated metatarsal bone into the correct position and fixes it in place using special titanium plates. The whole surgery usually takes less than an hour.
  4. Rapid Recovery for Lapiplasty Bunion Surgery: Compared to traditional bunion surgery, which can involve 6-8 weeks of casts and crutches, recovery after Lapiplasty is much quicker. Most patients can start bearing weight on their operated foot within a few days with the help of a special surgical boot. Stitches are removed after about two weeks.
  5. Return to Activity After Lapiplasty Bunion Surgery: Many patients can return to regular shoes and activities within 6-8 weeks after Lapiplasty surgery. Dr. Schaeffer and his team will guide you through the recovery process and help you gradually progress to more advanced exercises to rebuild your strength and range of motion.
  6. Follow-Up Care After Lapiplasty Bunion Surgery: After Lapiplasty Bunion Surgery: Dr. Schaeffer will continue to monitor your healing and progress through regular follow-up appointments. By the 3-month mark, most patients have achieved their full surgical result and no longer have any functional limitations due to their prior bunion.

Improve the Appearance of Your Feet With Our NYC Podiatrist on the Upper West Side

Visit Dr. Brad Schaeffer at Central Park SOLE, located in Manhattan, NYC, across from Central Park. Dr. Brad Schaeffer is a foot and ankle expert and surgeon. He stars on TLC's My Feet Are Killing Me where he treats people from across the country dealing with extreme cases of foot and ankle injuries. Dr. Schaeffer treats patients suffering from all types of foot and ankle conditions at his Upper West Side office including heel painskin and nail problemsfoot injuriesbunions, and joint pain. He is a highly regarded foot surgeon who specializes in joint sculpting, tendon rejuvenation, Lapiplasty bunion surgery , and more. 

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