Do You Perform Iliac Crest Implants For Hip Widening?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I’m looking for a surgeon who can make my hips as wide, or close to my shoulders. I noticed you said America only uses soft implants, I was wondering if you could order and use hard implants. Titanium or mesh implants to place on the crest. I do not believe I will ever have enough fat to make my hips wide enough, or that my body won’t burn it.

A: Thank you for your inquiry and sending your pictures. I assume when you say making your hips wider you are referring to the wing of the iliac crest and not the hip region below it. There are no standard iliac crest implants so they have to be custom made. Whether they are made of ultrahard solid silicone or titanium is patient preference and cost related.

The company to which you refer (Ostymeditech), although apparently US-based, does not return phone calls or emails, for reasons unknown to me.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana