Can Clavicle Lengthening Be Done in Patients From Other Countries than U.S.?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am a man from Norway with a uncommon situation. My skeletal proportions are quite un-manly. My shoulders are very narrow, and I have quite wide hips and large head. I understand you perform clavicle lengthening procedure for widening the shoulders. So I have been wishing for and contemplating such surgery for a long time. Do you accept patients from other countries? 

A: Thank you for your inquiry in regards to clavicle lengthening. In answer to your questions:

1) My practice has patients from all over the world, some even from the beautiful country of Norway.

2) Clavicle lengthening surgery is in its infancy so to speak so only a handful of patients have been done. But the techniques developed for it come from its companion procedure, clavicle reduction, where many more patients have been done in the past five years.

3) As part of the preoperative assessment/qualification it would be good to look at some shoulder pictures of you and do some computer imaging of potential changes.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana