How Much Clavicle Lengthening Is Safe?

Q: Dr. Eppley, how much clavicle lengthening in shoulder widening surgery is safe?

A: t is not a question of safety but what the regional anatomic limitations are. The amount of clavicle lengthening that can be achieved on each side is 20mms. More lengthening would still be safe but the attached shoulder and scapular tissues will not let the clavicle to be pushed out further. (I have yet to see a patient who can get beyond the 20mms as I would love to get 25mms per side)

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana