CBS Pittsburgh Business Spotlight

October 8, 2019 – In an interview for Business Spotlight on CBS 2 in Pittsburgh, Dr. William DeCarbo at St. Clair Orthopedic Associates in Pittsburgh and Belle Vernon shared “a common misconception of a bunion is that it is a bump on the bone on the side of the foot that can simply be shaved off when in reality, a bunion is a complex three-dimensional deformity from an unstable midfoot bone.”

When asked how Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™ differs from traditional bunion surgery, Dr. DeCarbo explains “A traditional surgery concentrates on two dimensions where we take a straight bone and cut it. We slide it over and fixate it to make the appearance of a corrected bunion or straight toe. When, in reality, the bone is still crooked. Lapiplasty® 3D [Bunion Correction™] allows anatomic reduction on all three planes to fix the problem at the root cause.”

While discussing recovery, Dr. DeCarbo says patients can expect to be “full weight bearing to tolerance in a boot walker for six weeks. After six weeks patients go into a tennis shoe and weight bear as they progress.”

Dr. DeCarbo explains “Traditionally there are over 150 bunionectomy techniques published and its really surgeon’s preference in eyeballing the procedure. Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™ allows a reproducible, consistent, anatomical correction on all three cardinal planes of the deformity.”

When asked by Business Spotlight host John Cline if Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™ is covered by insurance, Dr. DeCarbo says “It is covered by insurance. Each patient gets their surgery pre-certified but, most insurances cover this procedure.”

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