Posted on Jun 02, 2022

Bunions can be both painful and frustrating!  They occur when the bones in the big toe and arch shift over time. This inherited tendency leads to a deformity that gradually gets worse, potentially making everyday activities difficult and athletic activities nearly impossible. While there are options for treating bunions non-surgically, they are typically focused on limiting pain and do nothing to correct or, in most cases, halt the progression of the deformity.  Therefore, surgery is required to correct the position of the bones and joints. Unfortunately, even when bunions are corrected surgically, there is a possibility of that the deformity might come back. 

Why Is My Bunion Coming Back After Surgery?

Traditional bunion surgery in which bones are cut and shifted into a new position has a reputation for being painful, with a long recovery process.  Even worse, there is a real chance that the bunion could return. Why does this occur? Many times, it is because the procedure chosen failed to fully correct the deformity. In addition, most bunion procedures focus on making the foot "look" more normal rather than rather than restoring normal function. Without addressing the "root cause" of the bunion, the bones and joints are permitted to continue to shift out of place even after surgery. Ideally, bunion surgery should fully correct the deformity in such a manner that the individual is able to return to full activities with the ability to wear a wide range of shoes without fear of the bunion returning.

The Benefits Of Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™

Thankfully, Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™ is proving to be a reliable procedure to correct even severe bunions in a manner that appears to dramatically decrease the likelihood of the deformity returning. Dr. Pignetti is even experienced at using the procedure to correct bunions that have returned after previous failed traditional bunion surgery. So, there is hope for those who have had the misfortune of having a bunion return after surgery as well as those who have yet to have surgery for the first time.  Below is a story of a patient who had to have repeat surgery to correct bunions that returned after traditional bunion surgery.

Can Lapiplasty Surgery End Bunions For Good?

Dr. Pignetti had a patient who was suffering from bunions on both feet. This patient developed bunions while in high school. The pain and inconvenience became so severe, she decided to have bunion surgery. She described how painful and frustrating the process was during her first surgery. Unfortunately, her bunions returned!  By that time she had become an avid rock climber and was bouldering multiple times every week, but the bunions were not fitting well in her climbing shoes and made it difficult for her to participate in the sport she loved so much due to the pain. Preferring not to endure another disappointing surgery, she made an appointment at Advanced Foot Care with the intent of learning about non-surgical treatment options. 

During her visit with Dr. Pignetti, she learned about Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™. It was explained why her previous surgery failed and how the Lapiplasty could address the unstable joint that was the root cause of her bunions and why they recurred after her previous surgery. She decided to move forward with surgery and both feet were corrected about six months apart using the Lapiplasty procedure. She related that her recovery was significantly easier than with her previous 2D procedures. Ultimately, she was able to return to bouldering without pain and has shared her experience with family and friends suggesting that they seek care from an experienced Lapiplasty Surgeon if they are suffering from the same condition. 

Before And After Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™

Before Lapiplasty Bunion Surgery   After Lapiplasty Bunion Surgery Picture

Before and After Lapiplasty photos

Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™ for Athletes in Houston

Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™ is a great choice for athletes. We have used this state-of-the-art technique for athletes including runners, soccer players, football players, and even rock climbers!

See How Advanced Foot Care Treats Bunions That Returned After Previous Surgery With Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™

Read how the Lapiplasty has helped a patient return to the sport she loves after failed traditional bunion surgery.