How Many Centimeters of Clavicle Can Be Safely Removed In Shoulder Reduction Surgery?

Q: Dr. Eppley, How many centimeters can you extend your shoulder reduction surgery? There are many places where triangular muscles, seolsang muscles, and chest are connected. What are the side effects? Please explain this in detail. 

A: The amount of clavicle bone removed in shoulder narrowing surgery is 2.5cms per side. This has consistently shown to be effective and safe and within what is clinically supported by the orthopedic surgery literature for the amount of clavicle shortening that can occur without untoward shoulder function effects. (based on unoperated clavicle fracture repairs)

Other than the small scar in the supraclavicular fossa through which the surgery is performed, there have not been any functional side effects.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana