5. + 6 Inches
A man from New York became taller over six inches thanks to the painful process of lengthening his limbs. His height was artificially increased. The motive of Apotheosis (a man’s nickname) undergoing the surgery probably was cosmetic, but, actually, there are many people who suffer from short stature or deformities who already had or are going to have their legs surgically lengthened.
Dr. Dror Paley, a famous orthopaedic surgeon, carried out this surgery. Most patients who consult her at St. Mary’s Medical Center for cosmetic purposes and who are not satisfied with their height suffer from height dysphoria, which Paley thinks is one of those psychologic and psychiatric disorders that, in fact, can be treated on the operating table.
Akash Shukla is one of the patients who decided to have the surgery for cosmetic purposes. When he was 18, he understood that he definitely wouldn’t be taller than 4’11.5″. Shukla was sad about his short height, so he underwent the painful limb-lengthening surgery to become a bit taller. Now he is almost 5’2″ tall, and Shukla’s mood is considerably better.
This rare surgery is carried out by only a few doctors in the USA and its price is approximately $85,000. The procedure is quite painful, lengthy and costly. Despite this description, other many patients like Apotheosis decided to come through it to have a height of which they could only dream.