How Much Can A Clavicle Be Lengthened To Fix Shoulder Asymmetry?
Q: Dr. Eppley, Hi. Does you charge same price for shoulder widening even when you only operates on a single shoulder to fix asymmetry? Also how much of lengthening can be done?
A: Thank you for your inquiry. When only one clavicle is being operated on the cost would obviously be less than bilateral clavicle surgery due to a shorter operative time and less hardware used. How much clavicle lengthening that can be achieved depends primarily on the reason for the shoulder asymmetry. Is it a congenital shoulder asymmetry or a traumatic one induced by a fractured clavicle? The next question is how much clavicle lengthening is needed? (based on x-ray measurements) The answer to these questions is needed to address how much clavicle lengthening can be done…or more pertinently how effective would such surgery be.
Dr. Barry Eppley