Can I Have Clavicle Reduction (Shoulder Narrowing) Surgery If I Have A Cervical Rib?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I know that I have two extra ribs on the vertebrae above the typical highest ribs. I was curious if that disqualifies me from being a candidate of this procedure?

A: You are referring to the question of whether having a cervical rib and getting clavicle reduction would increase your risk of developing postoperative thoracic outlet syndrome. (getting a blood clot) That is an astute question and would be of concern. There is no way of knowing what that risk would be since the combination of having that surgery in someone with cervical ribs has never been done. But I think that risk is real and I would be apprehensive for an aesthetic surgery to take on that potential risk.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon