How Can I Get Rid Of The Pain From My Webbed Neck?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I have webbed neck. Now I frequently getting pain of my back bone and right side chest pain and shoulder pain. Can you please explain about this problem how i get rid of this. 

A:Traditional webbed neck surgery is done to improve the appearance of the webs (aesthetic benefit) not to alleviate any musculoskeletal symptoms. (functional benefit) The posterior approach I use for webbed neck surgery may actually worsen those symptoms but at the least will not make them better. That being said of one assumes that the webs are a source of the pain then I could envision a partial trapezius muscle release done through a direct incision overlying the arc of the web as being potentially helpful.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon