Does Clavicle Hardware Need To Be Removed Or Can It Stay In For Life?

Q: Dr. Eppley, When do u put the device to hold the bone together in clavicle reductions for shoulder reshaping?  Does it need to be removed or can it stay in for life?

A: The only reason to ever remove clavicle fixation hardware is if it becomes too visible over time (most common reason) or causes discomfort. (rare)

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon