About our Forever Lapidus Bunionectomy™️
For patients with serious to severe bunion deformities or compromised bone quality, the Lapidus Bunionectomy procedure has been the “gold standard” of bunion surgery for over five years. University Foot and Ankle Institute further perfected this surgery and trademarked our advancements as the “Forever Lapidus Bunionectomy™️”.
For the right patient, and in the hands of the right surgeon, this is the only procedure that offers a near-zero percent of bunion recurrence for serious to severe bunion deformities.
The advantages of the Forever Lapidus Bunionectomy™️
Our Forever Lapidus Bunionectomy™️ patients have speedier recoveries, with little or no pain, less downtime, earlier weight-bearing, and minimal scarring for many reasons, including:
- We correct the bunion at the source of the deformity with exceptionally stable fixation thanks to the DynaForce Active Stabilization System, which we helped develop.
- Our time tested post-surgical anti-inflammation protocols remove the need for major narcotics. Our patients will rarely take more than one or two pain pills after surgery.
- Our use of regenerative medicine including infusing the patient’s own stem cells or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) as well as donated amniotic fluid cells to greatly improve healing and recovery.
- Our fellowship-trained experienced surgeons take great care of the patient’s tissue with surgical precision. It takes years of training and effort to perform perfect dissection, which is key to eliminate pain and scarring.
The Forever Lapidus Bunionectomy™️ is an open surgery, meaning the bone is exposed to allow your surgeon to perfectly reposition it at the source of the deformity and loose joint. This prevents the bunion from coming back since the loose joint is forever stabilized.
This is the only procedure that truly fixes the bones into the correct position so the bones can fuse properly and naturally.
- An incision is made along the top of the foot, and a tiny pie-wedge is removed from the medial midfoot joint.
- Our surgeon then shifts the 1st metatarsal toward the 2nd to bring it into alignment with the big toe. The bones are stabilized with two screws and/or a plate to facilitate fusion.
- In the most severe cases, a second incision is made near the base of the toe, on the side of the foot to correct the ligaments of the great toe, and also to correct the great toe alignment.
- Depending on the needs of each individual patient, we select the most appropriates regenerative medicine protocol to greatly assist recovery and healing. These include stem cells from the patient’s own body, Amniotic fluid allograft, or Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP).
- At the end of the surgery, we administer a proprietary long-acting local anesthesia cocktail. The longer a person is numb, the better the chance for them to relax and heal.
How UFAI improved the Lapidus Bunionectomy surgical hardware
Surgical hardware is often a part of bunion surgery. The hardware (plates, screws, and clips) is used to fuse and stabilize the bone after surgery.
The physicians at UFAI commonly perform our Forever Lapidus Bunionectomy using the DynaForce Active Stabilization System they developed in conjunction with CrossRoads Extremity Systems.
The DynaForce System combines the high compression of a clip and the stabilization of a Lapidus plate with no need for screws.
Because there are no screws taking up “space”, the entire surface of the bone is open to fusing. The DynaForce clips are delivered flush to the bone and are significantly stronger than a fusion using plates and screws.
They are also much lower profile so there is less need to go back and remove it. And unlike screws, the clips can’t get loose.
Bunion Surgery Doesn’t Have to be Painful
When you choose a bunion surgeon with extensive experience in the latest bunion correction techniques, your surgery and recovery can be virtually pain-free. Yes, really.
Post-surgical pain results from movement and swelling. If we can control these factors, we can control our patient’s pain, which we are known for.
We control bunion surgery pain by:
- Taking great care of the tissue with surgical precision. Never “hacking away” at the tissue. This takes years of training and effort to perform a great dissection.
- Performing a stable fixation to immobilize the bones. Hypermobility in the bones is one of the main causes of swelling and pain after surgery. Through the use of our advanced fixation technology, the bone is held properly in the area of correction resulting in less improper movement, less swelling, and ultimately less pain medicine.
- Using a proprietary long-acting local anesthesia cocktail.
- Fitting our patients with a stability boot to immobilize the foot. By holding the foot stable, there is less movement, resulting in less swelling and less pain.
Why choose the Bunion Institute for your bunion treatment or surgery?
At the Bunion Institute (an affiliate of the University Foot and Ankle Institute), we take our patients’ safety seriously. Our facility’s Covid-19 patient safety procedures exceed all CDC recommendations. Masks are required in our institutes at all times.
To schedule a consultation, please call (855) 814-3600 or make an appointment now.
We are conveniently located through the Los Angeles area with locations in or near Santa Monica (on Wilshire Blvd.), Beverly Hills, West Los Angeles, Manhattan Beach, Northridge, Downtown Los Angeles, Westlake Village, Granada Hills, and Valencia California, to name a few.