Limb Surgery - Is It Worth The Pain?
Forget diet, forget, HGH, exercise, increase height programs, massage, or any other doubtful or marginal grow taller methods out there. The only surefire method to getting taller is leg lengthening surgery. This is the only method that will guarantee you'll get taller. However, the process is long, arduous, very painful, pricey, and the risk of possible complications is high.
What is leg lengthening surgery?
Leg lengthening surgery is an operation where the doctor breaks your shin bones (yes, he actually breaks your bones in half) and inserts a telescoping rod. The rods then gradually pulls the bones apart as new bone, nerves, skin, muscle, and blood vessels grow and fills up the gap.
The rods pull the bones about 1 mm each day. It is pulled apart slow enough so that new bone continues to grow, but quickly enough that it does not heal entirely. The whole lengthening process takes about three months followed by three to six months of demanding physical therapy.
Recovery and pain management
The entire leg lengthening surgery procedure is very painful so proper pain management is important. Anti-inflammatory drugs slow bone growth so the type of pain medication you can take is limited. This means that you have to endure the whole process with minimum pain medication.
Because of minimal pain medication, physical therapy is very painful, to the point where patients may give up. However, omitting it can lengthen recovery by two or three times the normal duration of 3 to 6 months. It can also prevent the bone from strengthening enough so it may break not long after.
Getting adequate sleep is important to bone growth and recovery but will be a problem because of the pain and discomfort. Sleeping pills could work initially but they are not safe and eventually will stop working.
Risks and complications
As with any surgical procedure, there are substantial risks. This risk is relatively high for a leg lengthening surgery at about 25 %. Potential risks include: bone infection, injury to nerves/blood vessels, injury to muscles/tendons, poor bone healing, and unequal lengthening.
But contrary to a lot of the hype, major long term complications are not common. Some medical clinics claim 0 % long term negative effects and insist the procedure is safe.
So should I get leg lengthening surgery or what?
Leg lengthening costs around $85,000 in the US but substantially less abroad. You can get it for around $15,000 ~$30,000 in China, Russia, Egypt, or Brazil. India is a bargain at $10,000. But would you ever go to India or Egypt, or even China for a major, life changing procedure such as this? Also, you will probably need 1 year of expenses because you will probably be unproductive and be unable to work during this time.
Even if you have the money, you are talking one year of bed and wheelchair ridden, extremely painful, unproductive time. However, 3 inches to a short person is a dream come true.
So if you have $100,000, can waste a year, are ready to brave extreme pain and discomfort, can handle excruciating physical therapy and recovery, are ready to risk the complications and possible long term damage, then go for leg lengthening surgery! Three inches really is a lot and will do wonders for your look and confidence.