I’m 5’10 and if I had the option to magically become 6’4′, I’d do it in a heartbeat. Being that tall makes you more appealing to women and generates more fear and respect from other men. This is all with no downside unless you go past “tall” to “freakishly tall and can’t play professional basketball.” Now, all that being said, 5’10 is average height. If I were SHORTER than average, being able to increase my height would be even more appealing.
Intriguingly, there is now a SURGERY that makes you taller. It’s done at the LimbplastX Institute in Vegas. It costs $75,000 upfront and if I am reading it right, another $34,000 a couple of years down the line. In the surgery itself, they drill into your femur multiple times, cut all the way through it and then stick specialized nails in your legs that you use slowly, but surely to stretch your legs. Supposedly, you can add 6 inches onto your height like this and you’re only disabled for a couple of weeks, although as you’d expect, it may diminish your athletic performance a bit.
Now, should anyone run out and get this surgery? Well, people being people, there are definitely some guys out there with plenty of money and a complex about their height that are going to give it a try. However, I think it’s very risky to be an early adopter on any type of elective surgery. LimbplastX downplays the risks, but it’s hard to know what the long-term ramifications of a surgery like this would be even if it works. Is it going to damage the mechanics of how you walk and lead to knee, hip or foot surgery later on? Is it going to stress the muscles in the leg that are going to be stretched quite a bit? There are so many questions it’s hard to answer. The price tag is also pretty extreme. Putting down $100,000+ for elective surgery is a lot of money. So me? I wouldn’t do this, but in a few years, surgery like this may be routine (along with being safer and cheaper). It’s a brave new world, my friend.