Orthopedic Associates of Port Huron’s patients have access to the Lapiplasty® 3D Bunion Correction™ Procedure. Performed by fellowship-trained foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon William Braaksma, M.D., the advanced procedure provides a permanent solution for patients suffering from bunions while also allowing them to get back on their feet quickly. Patients who would like to learn more or schedule an appointment at the practice’s office at 940 River Centre Drive in Port Huron are encouraged to call (810) 985-4900.
More than just a cosmetic bump, bunions are a complex deformity caused by an unstable joint that allows the bone to become unaligned in three dimensions by letting it lean, elevate and rotate outside of its normal anatomical position. Lapiplasty focuses on the source of the problem, the unstable joint, and corrects it.
Unlike other bunion correction surgeries, Lapiplasty 3D Bunion Correction does the following:
- Allows patients to walk within days of surgery.
- Creates a stable foundation.
- Fixes the source of the problem — the unstable joint.
- Precisely corrects the 3D metatarsal alignment.
- Provides a permanent solution.
- Restores normal anatomy.
“Lapiplasty is an advanced surgical procedure for bunions that is unlike traditional treatment options,” says Dr. Braaksma, the region’s only fellowship-trained foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon. “While traditional bunion correction surgeries focus on reducing the visual bump by either shaving the bone off or cutting and shifting it over, Lapiplasty goes right to the source — the unstable joint — to provide a permanent solution by stabilizing the joint and correcting the alignment in all three dimensions.”
Dr. Braaksma received his medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. After medical school, he completed an internship and his residency in orthopedic surgery at Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners – Michigan State University in Grand Rapids. Following his residency, Dr. Braaksma underwent extensive specialty training at Harborview Medical Center – University of Washington in Seattle to complete a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery, which is a year of medical training that is focused on mastering a specific subspecialty of medicine or surgery.