Does Clavicle Lengthening Affect The Shape Of The Scapula?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I have a few questions about clavicle lengthening.

1. If the clavicles are lengthened without lengthening the scapula, will the scapula follow and become wider naturally or pull the clavicles back inwards eventually and will it look natural aesthetically?

2. How much can each clavicle be lengthened by?

A: In answer to your questions:

1) There is no known impact of lengthening or shortening the clavicle, at the bone lengths that are typically done, on adverse scapular position or function.

2) Clavicles are generally lengthened 1 inch or 2.5cms per side.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana