Do I Have A Webbed Neck?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I’ve been dealing with neck issues for my entire life. I do not yet know what is exactly wrong. I don’t think I have a webbed neck but a slightly thicker one I know I do have that… if it is caused by my uneven collar bones from once being broken I’m unsure, I just want it treated. It gives me bad self esteem issues, to the point were I do not wear my hair up around others. I can’t work efficiently and honestly I would just like to fix this or improve upon this issue so my life can be a little less hindered! I just want to be at the point where if I am sweating I can put my hair up and not have people comment on my appearance. 🙂

A: Thank you for your inquiry and sending your picture. You do have a webbed neck deformity which has a fairly classic appearance in non-syndromic patients which can be treated by a webbed neck surgery. Your right clavicle is also more prominent than the left, presumably due to the previous fracture. The only way to reduce its prominence is by a shave technique.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana