Hey everyone, I just wanted to chat about our Lapiplasty postoperative protocol today. The first thing I always get asked is, Doc, how long will I be non-weight bearing? Will I have to use crutches or knee scooters and things like that? The great thing about this procedure and how it's performed here at Central Park SOLE is we have limited downtime, which means limited crutches and knee scooters for two weeks. You will need that for our next step. You're walking around with a walking boot for the next few weeks just to protect that area. Hence, we need two weeks, knee scooter crutches and things like that, and then for the next four weeks, we'll need you in a walking boot, and again, you can remove the walking boot when relaxing and resting at home. Thank you.

What is Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Surgery?

If you're suffering from painful bunions impacting your quality of life, Lapiplasty 3D bunion surgery may provide the relief you need. Lapiplasty is an advanced, minimally invasive bunion surgery that corrects the root cause of bunions for lasting results. And if you're looking for the best Lapiplasty bunion surgeon New York has to offer, look no further than Dr. Brad Schaeffer (The star of TLC's "My Feet Are Killing Me") at Central Park SOLE on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. 

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

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.

When to See a Podiatrist for Bunions

If your condition causes pain and affects your quality of life, it may be time to visit our NYC podiatrist. Take the first step toward happier, healthier feet, and discover what Central Park SOLE can do for you. Complete our contact form or call us at 212-874-0564 to request an appointment with one of our specialists. Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.