Can Wide Hips Be Reduced By Shaving The Greater Trochanter?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I would like to know if it is possible to reduce the width of hips by shaving the great trochanter. Is it possible to narrow the great trochanter? I am thin ( I don’t really have extra fat) but the bone of the great trochanter sticks out a lot. It makes my hips look very weird. I cannot dress because my silhouette looks strange. It bother me lot! I would just like the great trochanter to be in continuity with the rest of my body. Is there any surgery to make that possible? It really the great trochanter that cause all my issues. 

I would really like to have an answer. Thanks a lot

A: The greater trochanter of the femur has numerous important muscular attachments to it that are essential for walking and hip stability. Thus it is not possible to reduce its width for aesthetic purposes.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana