Can Shoulder Narrowing, Rib Removal and Iliac Crest Implants Be Done At The Same Time?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in getting a combination of surgeries done. The surgeries I am interested in consist of shoulder narrowing plus rib removal and iliac crest implants.

Could these surgeries be done at the same time? And would I require assistance from another person (ie family member) or friend to be present for my recovery?

A: All three such body contouring surgeries, shoulder narrowing, rib removal and iliac crest implants, impose a lot of stress on the body and make for a very difficult recovery, particularly when you have early limited use of your arms. Thus these trio of body contouring surgeries should not be done together. Any two of them at the same time is commonly done and that is enough of a recovery on its own.

In regards to coming alone or with someone it can be done either way and we see both commonly. Suffice it to say, particularly with shoulder narrowing surgery, that having someone with you makes the recovery a bit easier and you would likely return home a few days sooner due to the added assistance. When you come alone we just have to put more forethought into your immediate postop recovery management as we have to provide some support for it.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-RenownedPlastic Surgeon