How much would you be willing to pay to grow a few more inches in a few months? It turns out that some of the employees of the technology industry in the Silicon Valley, even up to 120 thousand. dollarsbecause this is the price of the complicated bone breaking procedure and the implantation of special magnetic nails that allow for gradual growth. And what is worth emphasizing, it is not about people with medical indications, such as a 14-year-old from Poland, who has recently undergone such a procedure in a Krakow hospital due to inborn dwarfism, but those who want to increase their self-esteem and gain self-confidence.
According to Dr. Kevin Debiparshad, one of the few doctors who perform this type of procedure in the United States, we are talking about people for whom the lengthening of the femur is … a cosmetic correction, and there are about 50 of them a month on average. What’s strange a great number of them are programmers and other tech industry representativesand more specifically the world’s largest giants:
Price? from 70 to 100 thousand dollars for the osteotomy, i.e. controlled fracture of femurs and implantation of large titanium intramedullary nails with a special magnetic system. This is controlled externally with a device applied to the skin, stretching slowly, i.e. 1 mm a day for 3 months, as a result of which you can count to stretch the bones by up to 7 cm.
After this time the surgeon removes the nails, which costs an additional 14 to 20 thousand. USD, so the price of the entire procedure can be as high as 120,000. USD (or even more, because some people do not stop at the thigh bones and also decide to extend the tibia).
What is worth noting, however, the price is not the only cost, because the procedure is simply painful. During the aforementioned 3 months, not only nails and broken bones stretch, but also the surrounding muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and blood vessels, which causes pain, which patients deal with with the help of very strong painkillers.-
However, as specialists emphasize, not as painful as the Ilizarov apparatus used for this purpose before, because although it is mainly used to correct orthopedic problems, it was also used in aesthetic medicine. In this case, after deliberate bone fracture, a special external “cage” is placed on the leg (or arm, hand or head – in order to model the skull, jaw and mandible), consisting of several rings, connected with each other by telescopic rods and attached to the skeleton by means of Kirschner wires, which means additional wounds, scarring and an increased risk of infection.
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