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Lapiplasty Specialist

Marque A. Allen, DPM, FACFAS -  - Foot and Ankle Reconstructive Surgery

Sports Medicine Associates of San Antonio

Marque A. Allen, DPM, FACFAS

Foot and Ankle Reconstructive Surgery located in Alamo Heights, TX & San Antonio, TX

If you have a bunion, you may qualify for cutting-edge Lapiplasty® treatment. Lapiplasty is a state-of-the-art surgical procedure that uses three-dimensional technology to treat the bunion at its source. At Sports Medicine Associates of San Antonio, double board-certified podiatrist Marque Allen, DPM, regularly performs Lapiplasty. To make an appointment at one of the two locations in San Antonio, Texas and Alamo Heights, Texas, call the nearest office today or click the online booking feature.

Lapiplasty Q & A

What is Lapiplasty?

Lapiplasty 3D bunion correction is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that corrects bunion deformities once and for all. 

Instead of simply removing the bony growth like in traditional bunion surgery, Lapiplasty allows Dr. Allen to treat your bunion at the source, resulting in improved treatment outcomes.

Why was Lapiplasty bunion correction developed?

According to research, traditional surgery fails to relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of a bunion up to 87% of the time. That’s because a three-dimensional deformity causes most bunions, resulting in an unstable joint.

Traditional bunion surgery cuts your affected toe bone in half and pushes the top of the bone over to reduce the appearance of your bunion. That addresses the bulge itself, but not the underlying problem: an unstable joint.

Lapiplasty is different in that it reshapes your joint instead of cutting it, allowing for more satisfactory results.

What does Lapiplasty involve?

Lapiplasty is an outpatient procedure that takes 60-90 minutes. At the beginning of the procedure, Dr. Allen numbs your foot with a local anesthetic. Then, he makes an incision over the bunion and uses special tools to reshape your affected joint.

After reshaping the joint, Dr. Allen returns it to its normal anatomical position. That naturally straightens your toe, removes the visible bony bump, and relieves your pain. Dr. Allen uses a special titanium plating technology to hold your bone in place, ensuring the bunion doesn’t recur.

What is recovery like after Lapiplasty?

After your Lapiplasty procedure, you need to have a friend or family member drive you home. In the first few days, stay off your feet, follow Dr. Allen’s recovery instructions, and take your medication as prescribed.

Unlike traditional bunion surgery, there’s no cast required. You wear a surgical boot for six to eight weeks and attend regular check-ups to monitor your progress. 

Can I play sports after Lapiplasty?

Absolutely. Undergoing Lapiplasty won’t prevent you from participating in your favorite athletic activities. Most people are able to return to the court or playing field within four or five months of their procedure. 

To ensure a quick and hassle-free recovery, attend each of your check-ups and commit to your physical therapy and rehabilitation.

To see if you’re a candidate for Lapiplasty 3D bunion correction, make an appointment at Sports Medicine Associates of San Antonio by calling the office today or clicking the online booking feature.