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Lapidus Fusion2024-03-20T10:39:19+00:00

Lapidus Fusion

Lapidus fusion, also known as the first tarsometatarsal (TMT) joint arthrodesis or Lapidus procedure, is a surgical procedure performed to correct a deformity in the first TMT joint of the foot. This joint is located at the base of the big toe and connects the first metatarsal bone to the medial cuneiform bone.

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Lapidus Fusion

The lapidus fusion is typically performed to treat a condition called hallux valgus, commonly known as a bunion. A bunion is characterized by the misalignment of the first metatarsal bone and the deviation of the big toe towards the other toes. The purpose of the Lapidus fusion is to correct the deformity, relieve pain, and improve the stability and function of the foot.

Lapidus Fusion at a Glance

Procedure Time:
1-2 hours

Return to Work:
2 weeks

Full Recovery:
8-12 Weeks


What to expect at the time of your surgery:

During a Lapidus fusion, the surgeon makes an incision on the top of the foot near the first TMT joint. The joint is then realigned by removing any damaged cartilage or bone spurs. Once the bones are in the correct position, they are fixed together using screws, plates, or other fixation devices to facilitate the fusion of the joint. This fusion eliminates the joint movement and stabilizes the alignment of the bones.

What to expect after your surgery:

Recovery after Lapidus fusion generally involves wearing a cast or walking boot to protect the foot during the initial healing period. Weight-bearing restrictions and physical therapy exercises may be recommended to facilitate proper healing and rehabilitation. The recovery time can vary, but it often takes several weeks to a few months to fully recover and resume normal activities.

Lapidus Fusion Prices

Lapidus Fusion prices are fixed, which is £3500

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Lapidus Fusion FAQ

What is the purpose of Lapidus fusion? 2023-07-17T17:16:40+01:00

Lapidus fusion is performed to correct a deformity in the first tarsometatarsal (TMT) joint, specifically to address hallux valgus or a bunion. The procedure aims to realign the joint, stabilize the bones, and alleviate pain and discomfort associated with the condition.

How long does it take to recover from Lapidus fusion? 2023-07-17T17:18:57+01:00

Recovery time can vary depending on the individual and the extent of the surgery. Generally, it takes several weeks to a few months for the bones to fully heal and for the foot to regain strength and function. During this time, weight-bearing restrictions and physical therapy exercises may be prescribed to aid in the healing process.


Will I be able to walk normally after Lapidus fusion?2023-07-17T17:19:58+01:00

The ability to walk normally can be gradually restored following Lapidus fusion. Initially, you may need to use crutches or a walking aid to keep weight off the foot during the early stages of recovery. Over time, as healing progresses, you will gradually transition to weight-bearing activities and normal walking.

Will I need hardware (screws or plates) in my foot after Lapidus fusion? 2023-07-17T17:20:41+01:00

Yes, hardware such as screws or plates is typically used to stabilize the bones during the fusion process. These fixation devices help maintain the correct alignment of the bones as they heal. In some cases, the hardware may be removed at a later stage, depending on the surgeon’s recommendation and the individual’s healing progress.

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