Doctor Says Men Are Spending Thousands To Add Inches To Their Height
Many men are resorting to surgery in a desperate attempt to add inches and over the years, more than 30 men from around the world have turned to a limb-lengthening medical practice based in Las Vegas to add to their height despite the cost.
In the interview conducted by The Mirror, the procedure is estimated to cost upwards of £57,180 ( ₦27,574,197.30).
Despite this hefty cost, Dr. Kevin Debiparshad, a consultant at the clinic, explains that the procedure is getting more and more popular, especially among men.
In the words of Dr. Kevin as posted in The Mirror:
Over 90% of my patients, including those who have consulted with me, are male. Most on average are about 5’6” seeking a height increase of 3 inches. The desire to appear taller, particularly for men, has always been a hot topic in modern-day society and social norms. While that is certainly a driver in the popularity to increase their height, reasons for cosmetic limb-lengthening vary, ranging from a boost in self-confidence to improved physical capabilities, all of which change lives.
The surgery itself takes around 1.5 hours and involves cutting the leg bones and inserting a stretching device.
Explaining the procedure, the doctor said:
We cut the leg bones, either femur (upper leg bone) or tibia (lower leg bone), and insert a device that slowly stretches them out which makes you taller permanently. As far as the procedure goes, it’s an x-ray based surgery where I make 4-6 tiny small incisions into the leg (either thigh bone or lower leg bone) creating a window, to gain access to the hollow part of the bone, where I insert a device that responds to an external remote control that the patient will control at home. Once the device is set, I place screws at the top and bottom of the device to lock into position. This is done on each leg. Post-surgery, the external remote control is used by the patient to non-invasively increase their height by 1mm per day at the touch of a button, slowly stretching the legs to increase their height.
The surgery is painless, however, just like all surgeries, there are some risks involved and the doctor explained the risk. According to him:
Risk of infection or transfusion, similar to any other type of surgical procedure, and specific to this surgery, the bone may heal too quickly, not fast enough or you could experience muscle tightening. Additionally, you could lose some athletic ability to get to that end-stage. You can run and go to the gym, but you might not be able to sprint 100 meters in nine seconds with your newfound stature.