After many botched surgeries resulting in permanent disfigurement China has banned the cosmetic procedure of leg-lengthening. Many young professionals think that height will elevate them to corporate success.
The barbaric procedure involves breaking the patient’s legs and attaching a metal frame. The patient then turns knobs daily to spread the gap between the fractures and allow more bone to fill in the space.
The procedure is extremely painful and expensive. The operation can now only be performed in hospitals that conduct at least 400 orthopedic operations a year.