Can Clavicle Distraction Lengthening Be Done?
Q: Dr. Eppley, hello, I am inquiring about clavicle surgery for masculization. My question is whether the clavicle can simply be surgically elongated similar to the limb lengthening surgeries done on femurs.
I am a body builder with a sub-par shoulder to waist ratio and my waist cannot get any smaller. No amount of muscle development in my shoulders will ever create the taper effect needed. I know that a longer clavicle is what my bone structure needs. Is this possible? And if so, does this surgery have any negative effects on the ability to continue building muscle in the chest and shoulders?
A: At this time there is no method yet available for distraction lengthening of the clavicles for shoulder width increase. The concept is a valid one but the devices to do so have yet been developed.
Dr. Barry Eppley