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Lapidus Procedure

The Lapidus procedure is recommended for people with more severe bunions or who are hypermobile.

What are the benefits of the Lapidus procedure?

  • Preservation of big toe joint function
  • Correction and realignment of medium to large structural bunion deformity
  • Beneficial for hypermobility as it stabilises the midfoot
  • Reduced risk of recurrence in hypermobile feet

Lapidus Procedure Timeline

How is the Lapidus procedure performed?

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Frequently Asked Questions

Following the Lapidus fusion you can do non-weight bearing exercises after one week which would involve sit ups and crunches.

At six weeks you can use a static bike.

Running can commenced from 12 weeks depending on healing.

Driving following the Lapidus fusion may well be into the eight weeks postoperatively if your right foot is operated on.

Should the left foot to be operated on then you can drive an automatic car after two weeks of rest.

Typically, you should check with your insurer and should be able to do an emergency stop and be confident with it before taking on driving.

Wound healing typically takes two weeks. However, swimming is typically advised after three weeks once the wound has consolidated a little more. You will be able to get your foot wet after approximately two weeks, but full immersion with swimming is advised after three.