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Software engineers from big tech firms like Google, Amazon, Microsoft, and Meta are paying at least $75,000 to get 3 inches taller, a leg-lengthening surgeon says

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· 2 mo. ago

Is this a valid source? Seems like the guy has a particular reason to be saying lots of people are doing a very niche surgery he specializes in for money…

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And what are the results like? If a guy goes from 5'6" to 5'9", all from longer legs, won't his short arms, small hands, etc. look weird?

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It's businessinsider. At this point I'm not even sure why it's allows on this subreddit.

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It sounds like a tall story. He's really stretching the truth.

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I haven’t read this story, but knowing some history of it, I’m going to guess that these are Chinese engineers. The procedure was popular with affluent up-and-coming Chinese businesspeople, years ago.

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I've definitely got a bone to pick with this story. Besides, I would imagine most software engineers are more eager to add 3" elsewhere.

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He told a tib fib.

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Not sure about the data, but I actually know someone from high school who did this and died. His sister then wrote an essay about him and it went viral in some parts of the internet. Not sure If I’m allowed to link it or not

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· 2 mo. ago

Well, apparently he said he has "like 20" software engineers, so... that's not really that unbelievable given that the largest software firms employ tens of thousands of engineers each. I assume he's exaggerating a bit, but if he's had 20 software engineers total out of a few hundred thousand, that's not exactly a lot of people proportionately.

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I call this clever advertising

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It’s a grim surgery too. They break your bones and continuously crank them longer.

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The surgery to gain those few inches require the surgeon to literally break your leg and set it with a tiny gap and let your body fill in the gap. They do this multiple times over months and years to gain those inches. Incredibly painful procedure.

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All to still get turned down by women.

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Also sounds like you have to take rest for long periods of time. So lots of inactivity and not moving around for months.

"One software engineer told GQ he spent the first three months after his surgery alone in his apartment and ordered delivery food during that time to go from 5-foot-6 to 5-foot-9."

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No, they do not need to break it again and again. They break it once then you adjust it every day to move a chunk of bone down your leg. New bone grows in the place you lengthen. 20+ years ago it moved at 1mm every day.

Source: had one. Google ‘Ilizarov’ for pictures. It’s intense.

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