When I was younger, I used to beg my mother to find ways to make me taller because the fact that I stopped growing at 5’1″ was more than a little depressing. Despite my cries and vertical issues, I’m certain that there was no way I’d willingly submit to months of bed rest and painful surgery in order to gain a few inches. Apparently though, there are people in the world who would. Orthopedic surgeon Bai Helong recognized that women and men all over feel inadequate based on their height and found a way to “safely” extend the legs in order to give his patients those few extra inches. By cutting through the tibia and the fibula below the knee and screwing braces on the inner part of his patients’ legs, Helong begins the four-(yes, four)-month-long process of stretching the legs. In that period of time, an extra two to three inches are added, but the patient is required to stay immobile. The surgery will set you back about $11,000 and it takes about 4 months before you can even think about walking again, but in the end, you will be a few centimeters taller.
Interestingly enough, a new study just found that for women, the taller you are the more you get paid, so it looks like that surgery would pay itself off if you can deal with sitting on your bottom for multiple weeks at a time. I’m going to go ahead and continue to embrace my height, or lack thereof. [Independent and Daily Mail]