Is Iliac Crest Reduction Surgery Possible?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I read your description of iliac crest reduction surgery with great interest. I am a 40 year old male with distinct protrusion of this part of the pelvic bone. If I understand the description correctly, it can be possible to reduce this part of the bone by surgery. I would like to know more about this possibility, and if this is a procedure you have done.

A: I have harvested many iliac crest bone grafts so the anatomy I know quite well. Thus it is possible to reduce the widest flare (width) of the iliac crest for aesthetic purposes although I have yet to do so.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana