Bone Stretching

Submitted by: funkymonkeys 8 years ago in Science

In China a painful surgical procedure called ""bone stretching"" can make people taller, but is it worth the risk?
There are 62 comments:
Female 60
i am 5`8 and i am damn happy im all legs....thank you god :)
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Female 9
That being said, I`m 5`7" but would love to be 5`9". =( I saw this procedure before on the Discovery Health Channel - it`s currently being performed in the US for people who are dwarves.
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Female 9
"i`m fifteen and think short girls are cute. i`m about 5`7 and have a girlfriend about 5`4. adorable :P"

Okay 5`4" is NOT short. 5`3"-5`4" is the average height for a female in the US. Link

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Female 29
Yao Ming must have it made there...I`m only 4`11" and I would never think of doing that just to be a little taller...OUCH!!
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Male 3
How do they do it in secret if it takes a year of PAINFUL recovery? And wouldn`t they have awkwardly long tibias afterward? All 4" are being added to the shin! It seems like they would look like they were wearing mini-stilts or something.

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Male 2,788
i`m fifteen and think short girls are cute. i`m about 5`7 and have a girlfriend about 5`4. adorable :P
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Male 15
Ah the joys of being 6`2" and the hilarity that i can use my boyfriend`s head as a headrest if those walks out to the car are just too much for my neck teehee
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Male 882
as soon as they started drilling i turned it off. that`s too nasty to watch. im glad im 6ft.
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Male 807
4 inches in a year!!

That is insane!

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Male 2,422
It`s fascinating to watch artificial selection at work.
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Male 426
finally, small people can be sperm donors!! yay!!
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Female 263
hmmm pass
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Female 4,028
Although I`d like to be five-nine, no way in hell I`d go through that operation. Denied college acceptance due to height? The f-ck?!
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Male 500
Nothing new. This was pioneered in England about 20 years ago. My ex`s niece had it done when she was a kid. So what?
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Female 444
I`m 5`8", so I don`t feel like doing that, thanks. My crush might want to look into it, however; he`s 5`6" in sneakers, so he kinda feels a bit -short- compared to me.

I`m also Hispanic, so I tend to tower over most of my family. It`s rather funny.

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Male 44
haha I guess I`m one of the lucky Asians. Im 6 foot tall and Im pretty pleased with myself.

And personally, I prefer shorter girls to taller ones, I think its cute.

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Male 7,933
^^^^
Im 5`11" but I have the wingspan of someone who is 6`3", maybe even 6`4". I want this surgery
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Female 84
not to mention the abnormally short arms
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Female 182
Wouldn`t this mess with your natural proportion? You would be taller but you would have abnormally long shins. I`ll settle for heels.
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Male 394
The hammering def. made me cringe.

A lot...

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Male 394

"I`m 4`10, and every one I know is at least 5`3 or taller. I am sick and tired of my little sister (who is 13 and taller) being offered everything that I`m supposed to be offered! What boy wants a 16 year old girl who looks 11 years old???"

Smaller, guys, personally I think it`s cute, my gf is about 5"5/5"4

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Male 111
I worry for my mind sometimes because the first thing I saw when I looked at the title of this link was `Boner Stretching`
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Male 592
hahahaha negroplasty. Just don`t try to actually take a jump-shot.
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Female 5
wow. ._.`
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Female 416
Eww. That thing looks like a prop from some horror movie.
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Male 2,388
those werent surgeries they were grimey old hotel rooms. You know the doctor has lost more than one burrito under the operating table whilst slicing and dicing.
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Female 408
Does this remind anyone else of the movie Audition?
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Female 458
Owwwwwwwwwuh... That looks so immensely uncomfortable. I can`t believe someone would do that to themselves. I guess they feel pressured to, but yeeesh.
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Female 1,441
Oh my goodness I would love to be 4 inches taller. I`m 15 and 5`1 thats completly awful. Plus I`m like 75 pounds which makes me look like a kid.

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Female 2,084
wow. i was expecting a much smaller change but 4 inches almost makes it seems worth it if you really feel you need to have surgery.

i`m about 5`1 and i`m ok with that.

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Male 107
this procedure is in use about everywhere where short ppl are around...
also, to china: you are shorter than us, so get used to looking up or go kill yourseves... or mutate...
either one is fine by me.
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Male 334
i`m 5`7
and i`m happy

i don`t need anybody to stretch my bones

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Male 44
has anyone seen how most of the comments on this video are not about the video? xD most of you are talking about yourselves. -_-`

Chinese gov. should do something.. but no.. instead they`re letting ppl make fools of themselves.. that`s so dumb.. xD respecting culture hurts.. better off without it..

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Female 706
Primetimekin, I *think* I look 11. But I definitely have an 11 year old`s height.
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Male 7,933
Starshine24
Female, 13-17, Southern US
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[ Delete Post ] Wednesday, August 13, 2008 2:32:19 PM
*Signs up*
I`m 4`10, and every one I know is at least 5`3 or taller. I am sick and tired of my little sister (who is 13 and taller) being offered everything that I`m supposed to be offered! What boy wants a 16 year old girl who looks 11 years old???
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Pedophiles....

Anyways do you look 11 or do you just have the size of an 11 year old. There is a big difference

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Male 64
4 inches is alot more than i expected.
Not bad at all.
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Female 706
*Signs up*

I`m 4`10, and every one I know is at least 5`3 or taller. I am sick and tired of my little sister (who is 13 and taller) being offered everything that I`m supposed to be offered! What boy wants a 16 year old girl who looks 11 years old???

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Female 781
Wow, four inches. That`s a pretty big difference. That would make me about 5`11. I`m happy with my height, though I can understand why a guy that`s 4`8 would want to be taller.
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Male 7,933
alice_x
Female, 18-29, Europe
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[ Delete Post ] Wednesday, August 13, 2008 2:03:51 PM
im 5`5" and im happy with my height
well actually i think im 5`6" now...not checked myself in a while lol.
the world is becoming to obsessed with looks.
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Its about performance for me. You just dont see a lot of 5`11" athletes

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Female 191
I had to stop watching at "He`ll be up for the 2 hour procedure." I mean, at 5` I`m short, but I`m not willing to do that.
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Female 781
Wow, four inches. That`s a pretty big difference. That would make me about 5`11. I`m happy with my height, though I can understand why a guy that`s 4`8 would want to be taller.
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Male 117
this treatment is internationally patented (indeed, that`s possible) by some German doctor. interesting that they`re copying it.
at least better than the old, bone-crushing way...
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Female 119
im 5`9 and way taller then most women where i live.
wonder if they do it in reverse. my fiance`s 6 ft, so i always have to make sure i wear heels 3ins or less or i look like a freaky giant woman next to him.

have seen this before in the uk tho, but only performed on dwarfs / midgets or whatever they like to be called nowdays. but they end up looking weird because they have long legs and short stumpy arms

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Male 5,970
Im tall enough, not going to be stretched out anytime soon
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Male 1,853
i use this girl in my biology class as an armrest. and she doesnt care, which makes it even better.
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Male 1,089
i`m 14 and well i don`t know how tall i am but i`m short
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Female 193
im really tall for my age. im 13 and im almost 5`8" :) its fun being tall
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Male 1,089
end up uneven??? "i want my money back so i can hobble out with some dignity."
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Female 5,139
im 5`5" and im happy with my height :-D
well actually i think im 5`6" now...not checked myself in a while lol.
the world is becoming to obsessed with looks.
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Male 1,853
will you be my armrest if my arm gets tired, opie?
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Male 292
Just a whole barrel of fun!
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Male 901
i remembering seeing it in the movie gattaca, didn;t think it was real though...
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Male 1,894
and to think. I was just going to get a full body tatoo of myself only a few inches taller. I think this looks less painfull
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Male 907
Been there, seen it, marked it as fail.
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Male 1,853
and i thought for a second she said they may end up on Ebay. then i realized that she said uneven. my dreams are shattered. i need money, and who needs legs?
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Female 15,763
I feel like I saw this on TV when it came out or something.

Did you know that the human race used to be a lot shorter? Yup. Better nutrition is one thing that helps that.

But I`m naturally short. 5` and probably not going to get much taller. xD

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Male 1,766
can they do this but with your weiner?
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Male 386
he should have gone for the full negroplasty package, it come with darker pigment and bonus junk in the trunk
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Male 7,933
*signs up
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Male 1,853
i dont need this. im already six foot, and am supposed to be 6`4"
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Male 740
ouch?
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Male 44
Link: Bone Stretching [Rate Link] - In China a painful surgical procedure called ``bone stretching`` can make people taller, but is it worth the risk?
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