Can Shoulder Reduction and Rib Removal Be Performed At The Same Time?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I just had a quick question regarding surgeries you preform. Is it possible to get both clavicle reduction surgery, and rib removal surgery for a smaller waist, at the same time? Additionally, does liposuction of the waist work to get a smaller waist measurement for patients who are skinny or normal weight, and how much does it tend to reduce the waist by? 

A: Typically shoulder reduction and rib removal surgery is not performed at the same time. That is a difficult recovery that few people would be advised to undergo. In exceptional circumstances if the patient has accompanying support it may be possible in selected patients.

Liposuction of the waistline alone in skinny patients would not be expected have any real reduction effect of the waistline.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana