What is lapidus bunionectomy and why might it be needed?
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A surgical procedure that is commonly used to correct bunion deformity is the Lapidus bunionectomy.
A bunion deformity is a common foot condition affecting millions worldwide. This condition can lead to significant pain, discomfort, and difficulty in walking, which can affect a person’s quality of life. While many non-surgical treatments are available, sometimes surgery is necessary to correct the problem.
If you’re considering the Lapidus bunionectomy procedure, schedule a consultation with our expert ankle and foot surgeons at OrthoNeuro. Our skilled doctors in Columbus, OH can evaluate your condition and recommend the best course of treatment for you. Don’t let bunion deformity affect your quality of life any longer. Call us or schedule an appointment online today!
A Lapidus bunionectomy is a surgical procedure used to correct a condition known as hallux valgus, which affects the big toe joint. Hallux valgus is a deformity where the big toe deviates towards the other toes, causing a bony bump to develop on the side of the foot. This condition can be painful and can cause difficulty in wearing shoes.
Lapidus bunion surgery is often recommended for individuals with a severe bunion. If conservative treatments, such as wearing wider shoes, using shoe inserts or pads, taking anti-inflammatory medication, and physical therapy, do not relieve the symptoms of a bunion, surgery may be considered.
If you are considering a Lapidus bunion procedure, it’s important to know what to expect before, during, and after the surgery. This type of bunion surgery takes a few hours to complete and is performed under general anesthesia.
During the Lapidus procedure, the surgeon will make an incision on the top of the foot, behind the big toe, on top of the foot. They will then fuse the first metatarsal bone to the medial cuneiform, which is just above the first metatarsal bone.
This helps to realign the metatarsal bone and reduce the angle between it and the first metatarsal bone. The surgeon may also use surgical hardware, such as screws or plates, to stabilize the bones in their new position.
After the surgery, you may need to wear a cast or a surgical boot to protect the foot during the bone healing process. You may also need to use crutches or a walker to help you move around for the first few weeks.
It’s essential to avoid weight bearing on the affected foot for the first several weeks to allow the bones to heal properly. After the initial healing period, you may gradually increase weight bearing as directed by your surgeon.
The recovery period after a Lapidus bunionectomy procedure can range from several weeks to several months, depending on the bunion severity, the surgical technique used, and the patient’s overall health.
In general, patients who undergo a Lapidus bunionectomy should expect to be non-weight bearing for the first 6 to 8 weeks following the surgery. This means they will need to use crutches or a knee scooter to move around and avoid putting weight on the foot. During this time, the patient may need to wear a cast or a special surgical boot to protect the foot and keep it immobilized.
After the initial non-weight bearing period, the patient may begin to gradually put weight on the foot, depending on their surgeon’s instructions. This usually involves wearing a protective boot or shoe and using crutches or a walker for support. Patients may need to continue using these assistive devices for several more weeks, gradually increasing the amount of weight they put on the foot over time.
If you’re struggling with painful bunions and are looking for a long-lasting solution, a Lapidus bunionectomy may be the answer you’ve been searching for. At OrthoNeuro, we offer this advanced surgical procedure to help patients regain mobility, alleviate pain, and improve their quality of life.
If you want to learn more about Lapidus bunionectomy and find out if it’s the right treatment option for you, schedule a consultation with our experienced team of surgeons in Columbus, OH. Take the first step towards a pain-free future by contacting us today!
Medically reviewed by
Nicholas A. Cheney, DO, FAOAO
Foot & Ankle
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