Webbed Neck Correction

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in a z-plasty for a neck deformity that is present in Turner Syndrome. (webbed neck correction) Is this a procedure that can be performed? I’m 38 years old. I have never been diagnosed with Turner Syndrome, but I have also never been tested. I highly suspect that I have Mosaic Turner’s Syndrome as I have neck webs. I’m not only interested in its cosmetic improvement, but also improved function.

A: Thank you for inquiry and sending your neck picture. While you may have never been diagnosed or tested for Turner’s syndrome (and I am not saying you may have it), you definitely have neck webbing. It may not be as severe as in the cases of Turner’s syndrome that I have treated, but they are definitely present. Your neck webs can be improved/eliminated through a geometric tissue rearrangement technique on the back of the neck and up into the hairline. No incisions or scars are placed along the visible web lines as has been classically described in the past. This type of webbed neck correction surgery improves its cosmetic appearance but has no known functional benefit. It will not make the neck move any better or improve its range of motion.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana