Lapiplasty Bunion Surgery


What is a Lapiplasty bunion procedure?

In traditional bunion treatment approaches, a bunion, also know as a hallux valgus deformity, is often perceived as just a cosmetic condition. Because of this, bunion treatment often involves shaving the bump and shifting the affected bone.

But a bunion is not simply a cosmetic issue. Rather, what causes bunions is a multidimensional deformity caused by an unstable toe joint in the foot. The unstable toe joint causes the relating bone, known as the metatarsal bone, to misalign and protrude, forming a bunion. Your metatarsal bone can become misaligned in three ways: the bone can start to shift sideways, the bone can rise up, or the bone can rotate.

Lapiplasty is a 3D surgery procedure for the permanent correction of bunions that addresses all three metatarsal bone misalignments and repairs your unstable toe joint.

Why is the Lapiplasty bunion procedure done?

The Lapiplasty procedure is performed to help permanently correct your unstable toe joint and correct all three misalignments of your metatarsal bone in order to address the bunion malformation.

If you are experiencing bunion pain and are wondering how to get rid of bunions or how to relieve your bunion pain, the Lapiplasty bunion procedure is likely right for you. Speak with one of our surgeons to find out more about the Lapiplasty procedure or other types of bunion surgeries. Sometimes other procedures are required to fix hammertoes or other foot deformities.

What does the Lapiplasty bunion procedure involve?

The Lapiplasty surgery involves your doctor using advanced medical tools and very precise techniques to naturally remove the bunion by shifting the misaligned metatarsal bone back to its original position, correcting all three dimensions of misalignment. To stabilize your unstable toe joint, your surgeon will equip the joint with utilized patented, metal plates to permanently secure the unstable joint. This allows you to put weight on your foot within one week after surgery.

Recovery time after the Lapiplasty bunion surgery will vary, but in general, you should be able to place weight on your feet within a few days. It will take around six to eight weeks of recovery time until you can start wearing comfortable footwear. Returning to regular activities and wearing normal footwear will require around four to six months of recovery time. Speak with your doctor to learn more about recovery after the Lapiplasty surgery.

What are the benefits of the Lapiplasty bunion procedure at Kaplansky Foot and Ankle Centers?

The benefit of the Lapiplasty procedure is that it can help correct bunions through a multidimensional treatment approach that also targets the root cause of the bunion. Dr. Kaplansky and Dr. Mustafa performed the very first Lapiplasty procedure  in Columbus, Ohio. With Lapiplasty surgery performed by Dr. Kaplansky, Dr. Mustafa, or Dr. Cozzolino, you can benefit from:

  • Restoration of your foot anatomy
  • Correction of the unstable toe joint
  • Relief from bunion pain
  • Permanent results
  • Innovative technology

How does the Lapiplasty procedure work?

Lapiplasty® Patient Education Video from Treace Medical Concepts on Vimeo.


“I couldn’t be happier with the Lapiplasty® Procedure and wish it was available all those years ago for my left foot,” said Vivian. “I spend much of my day on my feet and now I understand how much of an improvement the Lapiplasty® Procedure is, over the old surgical method. I plan to have the bunion on my left foot corrected again; this time with Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™.” –Vivian Kriel

If you would like to learn more about the Lapiplasty procedure for the treatment of bunions, request an appointment today. At Kaplansky Foot and Ankle Centers, we specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of all foot and ankle ailments. Our goal is to guide patient recovery, help restore foot and ankle function, and relieve your pain in the most direct and effective methods available. Call 614-291-5555 or contact any of our two convenient locations to schedule an appointment.

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