Can I Get A Second Clavicle Reduction Surgery?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I have healed well from my initial shoulder narrowing surgery and am pleased with the change in my shoulder width. I was curious if the clavicles can be cut a 2nd time for even further narrowing?

A: Secondary clavicle reduction is theoretically possible…although I have never yet done it and your request would be the first. The question is not whether you can cut out more bone but whether the shape of the much reduced clavicle bone would support the hardware needed to hold it together while it heals. A preoperative x-ray may provide some insight into that issue.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon