Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction - Nicole's Story



In this video, a patient tells how a new bunion treatment enabled her to return to a pain-free, active lifestyle (without having to miss six weeks of work). This procedure is now available in Richmond, Virginia, at The Foot & Ankle Center. Video courtesy of TREACE Medical Concepts, Inc. As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary and this experience is unique and specific to this patient only.

Nicole's Story:

I was in the floral industry about 20 years. 10 hours a day I was on my feet. A lot of walking, we were up and down ladders, it was very grueling. It was very enjoyable, but very grueling. 

I would say I’ve suffered from bunions a good 30 years. After I went to work full time, it didn’t take long — a couple years maybe — I started noticing foot problems. It’s hurt ever since, for years. I would wake up at night with pain and I found myself limiting myself to how much walking I was going to do. And it really frustrated me.

 I went to a local surgeon and they told me that I would have to be off my feet, not weight bearing, for six weeks. He was just going to shave the bunion. I decided not to move forward with that surgery because I simply could not afford to miss six weeks of work. I just gave up, and I decided I’ll just deal with the discomfort as best I can. 

I have a friend, an associate that has done a lot in the orthopedic field, and I told him about my discomfort and he told me about the Lapiplasty. He told me that the bunions weren’t a bone just to be shaved off. It’s actually a deformity and he explained a little bit about the surgery, and I was very excited about it. 

I had my Lapiplasty surgery Aug. 3, 2018, on my right foot. I had surgery on a Friday morning, and went back to see the doctor Monday morning. He removed the bandages and put me in a boot. I saw my foot, and I knew I’d made the right decision and it was going to change my life. 

Lapiplasty has improved my life drastically. Simply having a foot that I don’t feel embarrassed to wear sandals, I’m not deformed any longer, and I don’t hurt any more. And it’s just enabled me to get out more, to do more, travel more, enjoy my dogs, my life. I feel awesome today. Life is good. My foot is good and I’m looking forward to having my left foot, the same procedure, in a few weeks. 

I have a foot that no longer hurts, I have a foot that I can look at and I’m not embarrassed. I’m not ashamed. It has been a wonderful experience. 


Only a surgeon can tell if Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction is right for you and what level of activity you can expect after healing is complete. There are potential risks with surgery and recovery takes time. Potential risks include, but are not limited to: infection, discomfort from the presence of the implant, loosening of the implant, and loss of correction with nonunion or malunion. Please consult with a physician for complete information regarding the benefits and risks associated with the Lapiplasty procedure.