Are you tired of living with painful bunions? Tired of being unable to find shoes that fit because of your bunion? Our advanced LapiLock 4D bunion surgery uses state-of-the-art technology to provide faster healing times and better results.

What is 4D Lapidus Bunion Correction?

The LapiLock 4D Bunion Correction is a surgical procedure that corrects the position of the first metatarsal bone, which is typically displaced in the case of bunions. This procedure is done to provide relief from the pain, arthritis, and deformity that is commonly associated with bunions. A unique feature of 4D Lapidus Bunion Correction is that it addresses the deformity in all four dimensions- frontal plane rotation, IM correction, sagittal plane correction, and compression, providing improved stability and decreased risk of recurrence.

How is the Procedure Performed?

During the procedure, the surgeon will first make an incision along the inside of the foot and remove the unstable joint surfaces. The out of place metatarsal bone is then addressed using four steps – frontal plane rotation, IM correction, sagittal plane correction, and compression. Realigning and rotating the bone so that it is positioned correctly in line with the other metatarsals improves the stability of the joint and reduces the risk of the bunion reoccurring. Bone graft with your own stem cells may be placed at the fusion site to help it heal better. Finally, compression is applied across the fusion site to ensure that it heals in the proper position. A plate and screws are inserted to hold the bone in place as it heals, promoting quicker healing time and allowing walking activity.

Other Lapidus bunionectomy systems require additional incisions on the top of the foot to place their correction jig. The LapiLock 4D bunionectomy system is the only system on the market which does not require additional incisions and does not utilize a pulling force against the small bones of the forefoot to obtain correction. This results in reduced risk of fracture, reduced swelling, and reduced post-operative pain and scarring.

Recovery Process:

Patients are able to bear weight in a fracture boot immediately after surgery, although activity should be limited. The foot will need to be elevated as much as possible to reduce swelling, and the patient is encouraged to ice the foot regularly. Pain medication may be prescribed to manage any discomfort, and the patient must follow the post-surgical instructions given to ensure proper healing. Patients may return to seated work after approximately 1-2 weeks.

Gradually, the patient can begin increasing activity and stop using the boot after 6-8 weeks, when the bone has mostly healed and swelling has subsided. It usually takes 4-6 months until all symptoms subside, and life returns to normal.


Overall, 4D Lapidus bunion correction offers a permanent solution to bunion problems, providing benefits such as reduced pain and improved stability in the joint. The procedure’s four-step approach ensures that patients receive all-around treatment that addresses the deformity in all dimensions. The recovery time after surgery requires dedication, patience, and following the doctor’s instructions carefully to ensure proper healing. Choosing the 4D LapiLock Bunionectomy is a decision that one should make after careful consideration of the options available, as it offers an excellent long-term solution to the pain and discomfort associated with bunions.

Dr. Walimire is the only surgeon in Florida utilizing the LapiLock technology from Fusion Orthopedics. Experience the benefits of 4D bunion surgery today. Schedule your consultation and take the first step towards a pain-free life.