With so many different approaches to bunion surgery, we want you to have all of the necessary information to be able to make the right decision for you and your needs.
Hear from our very own Dr. Jordan Sullivan on what the difference are between Lapiplasty Bunion Surgery/Lapidus and Minimally Invasive Surgery!
Lapidus/Lapiplasty® Bunion Surgery
Fuses the first metatarsal and cuneiform joint (which alters gait, making physical activities more difficult. Can also cause arthritis in other parts of the foot, knee, and hip).
Uses permanent hardware (that can cause a lot of swelling, irritation, and nerve issues).
Has a period where you are non-weight bearing and must use a scooter or crutches (which increases the risk of blood clots).
Large incision (increased risk of nerve damage, infection, and blood clots. Also is more painful because of the trauma to the soft tissue).
Use of a tourniquet during the procedure to cut off blood flow to the foot (also increases risk of blood clots).
Can only do one foot at a time (patient will have 2 recovery periods).
General anesthesia is used along with IV and intubation (usual risks of general anesthesia).
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Procedures are done in the head or neck of the bone, where the bone is most vascular and will heal faster.All joints are kept intact.Better range of motion after surgery.Not limited.
No permanent hardware (less swelling and minimal risk of nerve issues).
Walk out of surgery and can perform day to day activities.Can remain active during recovery (elliptical, recumbent bike, weights).
¼ inch incisions (more stable correction because soft tissue remains intact.Minimal risk of infection, nerve damage, blood clots, and scar tissue. Pain levels are minimal due to lack of trauma to soft tissue).
No tourniquet is used (circulation remains intact, minimal risk of blood clotting).
Can do one foot one day and then the other foot the next day (one healing period, can lump all post ops together).
No general anesthesia (conscious sedation only.Have the option of Ativan).