|Before: Patient with large bunion and difficulty wearing shoes. Xray demonstrates the deviated metatarsal bone forming the bunion.After: Dr. Blitz performed Lapidus Bunionectomy to remove bunion and realign the metatarsal bones. Plastic surgery closure is performed.||Before: Patient with a large painful bunion but only wants surgery that allows her to walk after surgery.After: Dr. Blitz used his technique of the Early Walking Lapidus Bunion ectomy with a specialized plating system. The correction is dramatic and this patient was walking immediately after surgery.|
|Dr. Blitz is Lead
Surgeon Developer of
Surgical Bunion Device
Dr. Blitz’ Approach to Bunion Surgery
Dr. Blitz’ approach is to get you back on your feet as fast as possible, and avoid casting/crutches.It generally takes 6 weeks for the bones to mend in the corrected position. In most cases you may be allowed to walk on the operated foot in a post-surgical shoe.
Depending on the severity/size of a bunion, there are several methods to surgically correct a bunion.In general, the surgery typically involves removing the bunion (“shaving the bunion”), realigning the big toe and realigning the deviated bone.
Mild/Moderate bunions are often treated with a bone cut (osteotomy). Moderate/Large/Severe bunions are often treated with a Lapidus Bunionectomy.
In particular, Dr. Blitz is a leading expert authority on the Lapidus Bunionectomy. His published technique and method is known as the ‘Early Weightbearing Lapidus Bunionectomy’ or the ‘Walking Lapidus Bunionectomy’ – this has allowed patients to begin placing weight on the operated foot much sooner than previous methods. Dr. Blitz’ original research on this technique was recently published in the Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery in August 2010. Though, Dr. Blitz’ method was first published in 2004 in Podiatry Today.
Nonetheless, Dr. Blitz will develop a treatment plan specific for your bunion.