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There's a New, Patented Treatment Option.

Fix the Root Cause

Get Back On Your Feet Quickly


Patented Bunions Treatment

Are Bunions Limiting Your Activities and Lifestyle?

Bunions can be very painful. With each step, your entire body weight rests on that bunion.

Ouch! A common misconception about a bunion is that it is an overgrowth of bone that can simply be "shaved off". In reality, bunions are complex deformities caused by an unstable joint.


Relief is here. Now, there's a new, patented treatment for bunion correction – Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction. Dr. Michael Rivera at Memorial Hospital West is offering this exciting, new treatment option which does more than simply remove "the bump"; it addresses your bunion in three dimensions to correct the root of the problem. Advanced fixation technology is used to secure the correction in place, allowing patients to walk within days of surgery.


How Does Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™ Work?

Instead of cutting the bone in half and shifting the top part over, the patented Lapiplasty® Procedure uses specially-designed instrumentation to rotate the entire deviated bone back into its normal anatomical position, naturally straightening your toe; removing the "bump" and associated pain. Innovative titanium plating technology permanently secures the unstable foundation, the root of your bunion problem. Most patients are able to walk within days of surgery. No cast is required; allowing patients to get back to the shoe wear of their choice and activities quickly.

Patient Education Animation (M024)


This video walks potential patients through the unique concept of 3D Bunion Correction™ and the benefits of the Lapiplasty® Procedure.

Patient Surgical Technique Animation (M487)


This video walks potential patients through the basic surgical steps of Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™

Like addressing the unstable foundation (root cause) of The Leaning Tower of Pisa by rotating it back into position and permanently securing it.

Entire bone is returned to

normal alignment


3D Correction secures unstable foundation permanently

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Traditional Approaches To Bunion Correction Have Been Ineffective



of bunions are misaligned in 3 dimensions



likelihood of bunion coming back if 3D problem is not addressed

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patiens are dissatisified with traditional results




of bunion patients have their bunions return over time

How Does A Correction

Look Like on X-Ray?


Normal Foot


Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™
Alignment is restored & unstable joint is permanently secured

Lapiplasty® Patented Titanium Plating Technology — Enabling Early Weight Bearing

The Lapiplasty® Procedure utilizes two low-profile (petite), anatomically-shaped titanium plates to permanently secure the unstable foundation of your corrected bunion. This provides buttressing on multiple planes and allows you to walk within days of surgery. Think of this in terms of how a basketball player might hold a basketball. When a player tightly grips the ball with both hands, the ball is held more securely than if only one hand is used.

Unlike other surgical approaches, the Lapiplasty® Procedure utilizes two plates for this very reason – "Two plates are better than one".


What Should I Expect In Terms Of Recovery?

The patented titanium plating technology used with the Lapiplasty® Procedure enables patients to bear weight on their foot early. The ability to do so can dramatically improve your recovery process, allowing you to walk up to 6-8 weeks earlier than with the more traditional Lapidus approach (which was previously the only option for addressing the unstable joint).

Being able to walk in a surgical boot, as opposed to being completely non-weight bearing (in a cast with scooter or crutches) for 6-8 weeks, means that you will be getting back to a better quality of life faster; may return to most occupations more quickly; and will be less inconvenienced by bunion surgery.

​Recovery Expectations:

  • No Casting

  • Weight-bearing within days*; 6 weeks walking in surgical boot

  • At weeks 6-8: back in tennis shoes

  • Walking 6-8 weeks ahead of traditional surgery

*Smith B., et al. 2017 AOFAS Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.


Patient Testimonial Video-Laura (M128)


Hear Laura’s personal story of her struggle with bunion pain and the relief she received after being treated with Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™

Patient Testimonial Video-Tom (M373)


Hear Tom’s personal story of his struggle with bunion pain and the relief he received after being treated with Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™

Patient Testimonial Video-Nicole (M271)


Hear Nicole’s personal story of her struggle with bunion pain and the relief she received after being treated with Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™

Patient Testimonial Video-Jill (M370)


Hear how bunion pain stopped Jill in her tracks; as well as her joy at being able to return to running after being treated with Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™

Patient Testimonial Video-April (M528)


Bunion pain was impeding April’s ability to do daily chores on her large farm; as well as keeping her from her favorite hobby, training for marathons… until being treated with Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™


Below are some questions patients commonly ask and their respective answers:

How long does it take to recover from a Lapiplasty® Procedure?
Patients are typically walking within days of surgery. Patients can return to most occupations within days to a couple of weeks, wearing a surgical boot. Within six weeks, you can expect to be walking in comfortable shoes such as tennis shoes, however you should not plan on any high-impact activities for 3-4 months. Short shopping trips and leisurely strolls are examples of the types of activities that should be fine at this point. Around the 4-month mark post-op, you should be able to return to most activities and most shoe wear.

Can I wear fashionable shoes again?
The Lapiplasty® Procedure allows most patients to return to their desired shoes. Of course, some fashionable shoes can be painful (even with a normal foot!), so results can vary from person to person and shoe to shoe.

Can I play sports after the Lapiplasty® Procedure?
Yes, there are no permanent activity limitations after the Lapiplasty® Procedure. Most patients are able to return to most activities after the bones have completely healed at approximately 4 months.

Can the Lapiplasty® Procedure be performed on someone who has previously had traditional surgery?
Yes, the Lapiplasty® Procedure is an option that can be utilized by your doctor when a revision is required. Even if previously treated, patients can experience the same benefits from Lapiplasty®– with a permanently secured foundational joint this time around.

I’ve heard the term "reproducible" used when describing the Lapiplasty® Procedure.

What does that mean?
"Reproducible" means that a procedure is easily repeatable with expected results. The Lapiplasty® Procedure utilizes precision, patented instrumentation designed to take the guesswork and "eyeballing" out of bunion surgery; helping ensure your surgeon can get reliable results over and over.

Can the Lapiplasty® Procedure be performed as an outpatient procedure & how long does it last?

Yes, Lapiplasty®surgeries are performed as outpatient procedures. Typically, the surgery will last just under an hour. If your doctor is performing any additional procedures at the same time, the surgery may take longer.

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