At The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, 21 undescended scapulae were corrected by the Woodward procedure in 20 patients over the past 18 years. The average age at operation was six years six months. The average follow-up period after operation was 8 years 9 months. Fifteen patients were girls and five were boys. All the patients had other associated abnormalities. Only one patient had a concomitant clavicular osteotomy. The average increase in glenohumeral abduction was 37 degrees. The average scapular lowering was two centimetres. Excellent or good cosmetic results were obtained in 80 per cent of patients. Ninety-three per cent of patients expressed satisfaction with the operative results. Complications were few. The Woodward procedure is a safe and relatively straightforward surgical means to effect a good cosmetic and functional improvement in a patient with a congenital undescended scapula. We do not recommend clavicular osteotomy as a routine, but it may be added to gain more correction with less risk of neurovascular compression.
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