Lapidus Bunionectomy New York City
The Lapidus bunionectomy, a procedure where the bunion is corrected by relocating the entire 1st metatarsal bone back to its proper (native) position in the foot.
The Lapidus Bunionectomy Is Ideal For:
- Moderate Bunions
- Large Bunions
- Severe Bunions
- Recurrent Bunions
The basis behind the Lapidus procedure is to treat the bunion at the apex (origin) – this means correcting the problem that produced the bunion in the first place.
[Image: Bone model Lapidus]
Leaning Tower Of Pisa Analogy
If you were an engineer designed to straighten out the leaning tower of pisa – where on the would you recommend that the repair work be performed? You would cut the top part of the tower, rather you would fix the tower at the bottom. Similarly, the Lapidus bunionectomy is aimed at correcting the bunion (or malaligned bone) in a similar fashion. While bunions are not buildings, one can get a better understanding of the concepts of certain bunion corrections.
[Image: Leaning Tower of Pisa]
3 Steps Of The Lapidus Bunionectomy:
- Removing any prominent bone (the bump) on the inside of the foot.
- Releasing a tight tendon that pulls the big toe outwards – towards the 2nd toe.
- Bone mending (joint fusion) in the midfoot – needed to realign the entire first metatarsal in proper position. This is a non-essential joint of the midfoot and is performed at the bottom of the metatarsal bone. Surgical hardware is used to hold the bone steady.
[Image: Steps of Lapidus]
How Is It That Dr. Blitz Can Allow Walking After Lapidus Bunionplasty(R), Whereas Others Require Casts & Crutches?
Dr. Blitz’ is able to walk his Lapidus bunionectomy patients after surgery in a small surgical shoe with his use of specialized techniques and the bunion device he patented that holds the bones steady during healing (Contours Lapidus Plating System). Most Lapidus bunionectomy surgery performed in the United States and worldwide still, unfortunately, have patients placed in casts (up to the knee) and use of crutches for non-weightbearing.
Dr. Blitz revolutionized bunion surgery in the following ways:
- Pioneered walking after Lapidus bunionectomy
- Developed Patented Medical Implant To Treat Bunions
What is The Contours Lapidus Plating System?
The Contours Lapidus Plating System, is the patented medical implant developed by Dr. Blitz (lead surgeon developer), manufactured and marketed by Orthofix Inc (a leading Orthopedic Device Manufacturer). With use of this medical implant, Dr. Blitz’ protocol allows him to walk his Lapidus bunionectomy patients immediately after surgery in a small surgical shoe, regardless of the size of the bunion.
New Patented Bunion Surgery Technology
Is The Lapidus Bunionectomy The Best Bunionectomy For YOU?
The Lapidus procedure is probably the most versatile bunion procedure as it can treat all sizes of bunion because it treats the bunion by relocating the entire bone. It is generally for ‘larger’ bunions, however.