Is Iliac Crest Reduction Worth It?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I wanted to ask a question regarding iliac crest reduction. I have a wide bony iliac crest (photo attached) and as a man, it kinda bothers me. You are the only surgeon I could find online that does iliac crest reduction. I was wondering do you have any before and after photos to see how much of an iliac crest actually gets removed? From my understanding, just a little, and I’m not sure if it’s worth it to go through a procedure.

A: Thank you for your inquiry and sending your picture. I believe you are referring to the two anterior points of the iliac crest known as the anterior superior iliac crest points. (see attached) They could be reduced by a small 3 cm incision over them. Ironically those who have the least prominences benefit the most. (meaning get complete reduction)

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana