You Can Add Several Inches To Your Height With ‘Painful’ Surgery

But if you are keen, you’ll need to be prepared to part with plenty of cash and deal with a fair amount of pain to achieve your dream.

Although costs vary, as a rough idea – Heightrx in Baltimore, Maryland, gives cost estimates between $69,000 (£50,007) and $71,000 (£51,457) depending on what you’re having done.

The procedure carried out at Heightrx sees a person’s height being boosted by ‘several inches’ in a ‘gradual process that safely and effectively increases limb length by separating bone segments so that growth can occur in the newly created space’.

Irving Rodríguez (left) before the surgery with Dr Debiparshad (right). Credit: Jam Press
Irving Rodríguez (left) before the surgery with Dr Debiparshad (right). Credit: Jam Press

The site explains patients can expect to gain between two and five inches once healed.

Meanwhile, The LimbPlastX Institute in Las Vegas, which also specialises in leg lengthening surgeries, says it can add up to six inches to someone’s height.

Surgeon and orthopaedic specialist Dr Debiparshad says he has developed a procedure in which he can ‘cut the leg bones’ and then inserts a device that ‘slowly stretches them out’ with the help of a remote control. Sounds delightful.

At an estimated $75,000 (£54,356) it’s certainly not cheap, but one patient who underwent the surgery in 2019 has sung its praises.

Speaking at the time patient Irving Rodríguez said: “I feel like I am in complete harmony. My torso and lower body proportions are much better, and they look more adequate in my opinion.

“Other than my wardrobe that fits much better, I do feel a sense of better social acknowledgement.

“The psychology of height has always been a big factor in social acceptance, I believe, and it can even impact an individual’s economic and relationship success.

Patient Irving Rodríguez (left) after the stretching surgery, standing almost three inches taller alongside Dr Debiparshad (right). Credit: Jam Press
Patient Irving Rodríguez (left) after the stretching surgery, standing almost three inches taller alongside Dr Debiparshad (right). Credit: Jam Press

“Overall, it has given me a huge boost in confidence personally and professionally.”

However, that confidence boost comes at a price, and I don’t just mean the tens of thousands of dollars spent.

Irving, who is also a doctor, said: “It took about six months to heal and I can sometimes feel the rigidness as I continue the lengthening process.

“Initially, it was one of the most painful experiences in my life, as with any surgery, but the pain became very manageable with proper medication and therapy.”

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