New Surgery for Bunion Sufferers
May 31, 2019 — Dr. David Kaplansky from Kaplansky Foot & Ankle Centers in Columbus, OH explained that a bunion forms when an unstable joint in the middle of the foot allows the metatarsal bone to move out of proper alignment and that “it’s not just a bump that needs to be shaved off.” In an interview with NBC affiliate WCMH-TV channel 4, he described how Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™ is unique – allowing surgeons to correct the bunion in 3 dimensions, guiding surgeons with precision cutting guides, and then securing the previously unstable joint in place with titanium plates. He notes that the procedure can also lead to a faster recovery compared to other surgical options.
“The root of the problem is actually at the midfoot [the base of the first metatarsal] … We use very precise cutting guides so we remove a very minimal amount of healthy bone. Then we hold [the correction] in place with two plates that are titanium and are very stable. The idea behind that is that this will rapidly decrease recovery time.”