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Men are paying $76,000 for a limb-extending surgery that involves breaking leg bones and inserting nails and screws


  1. Some men and a few women are getting plastic surgery to lengthen their limbs and grow up to six inches taller.

  2. Dr. Kevin Debiparshad, founding surgeon at The LimbplastX Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada, has performed this procedure on more than 30 people since opening his practice in 2018.

  3. The two-hour, $76,000 procedure involves minor breaks in the leg bones, nails and screws, and physical therapy. It takes a full year to see the end results.

  4. Some patients may lose some athletic ability, and a psychologist previously told Insider "cosmetic procedures don't have a lasting effect on people's positive body images nor their general well-being."



When a patient gets "Limbplastx," as Debiparshad's practice calls the procedure, they're first given a general anesthetic so they're asleep for the entire two-hour procedure.

During that time, Debiparshad breaks the bone in the lower leg, thighbone, or shin area by making a half-inch incision in the skin and then using a small drill to weaken the bone and help it to break in a precise area. Then Debiparshad penetrates the bone with a chiseling tool that's also commonly used in nose job procedures.

Finally, he inserts nails and screws to repair the small break he created. He does this on each leg.

Following surgery, the patient stays in the hospital for one night for basic monitoring and to receive pain medication, blood thinners to prevent blood clots, and muscle relaxers, Debiparshad said.

Each patient is also given an iPad and given instructions to press a button on the device daily, which sends a signal to the implants Debiparshad installed earlier to extend about one millimeter each day. After 25 days of pressing the button, a person will have gained about an inch of extra height, according to Debiparshad.

"Tricking the body into thinking you're growing is basically what this is," Debiparshad said.

After one week recovering, patients can start to walk regularly again and go to physical therapy, which Debiparshad said is necessary to stretch the tissue connected to the bones and help patients regain their full range of motion.

They continue with physical therapy until they've reached their desired height, which can be up to five or six inches taller than their height before the procedure. A year later, Debiparshad removes the screws and nails and the bone and tissue stay permanently stretched from that point forward.

According to Debiparshad, the procedure can cause pain especially during the first week of recovery since it does involve the breaking of bone, but most patients tell him the pain wasn't as bad as they expected it to be. Most patients can walk around the medical facility where they're recovering just a day after surgery.

 
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Any of y’all willing to cough up $76,000 to reach your ideal height?
 
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