Will Clavicle Lengthening Create a Bigger Armspan/Wingspan as Well?
Q: Dr. Eppley, I’ve been meaning to get clavicle lengthening, in order to increase my biacromial width, at some point in the next few years. I just had a question regarding this. Is there a one-to-one correspondence between the gain in biacromial width and the gain in armspan/wingspan? So, for example, if someone gets their clavicles lengthened by 1 inch per side for a total 2 inch increase in biacromial width, does their armspan/wingspan also increase by exactly 2 inches?
A: That is a very good question, I would assume it would since the clavicle is a horizontal bone and the wingspan is a horizontal measurement affected by shoulder width. But, quite frankly, I have never measured arm span width in clavicle surgery patients.
Dr. Barry Eppley