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Gorgeous Gams Elude Chinese


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.

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Frankly I find the title a bit sus, it's link to the story is somewhat tenuous. I'm glad they've banned the procedure though.
  by: ixuzus     11/07/2006 03:53 PM     
  This form of plastic surgery happens here too.  
Agreed, this - and most forms of plastic surgery - is a little gruesome, a lot painful and moderately harmful to wellbeing.

Leg Lengthening surgery is covered in SouthPark when Stan undergoes to procedure to become a tall black basketball player. This is also covered in some other programs; the names of which elude me.

It's hard to prevent plastic surgery to a person on medical and psychological grounds. But when does the boundry divide something that has stopped being a psychological problem to something that is peer/socialogical/cultural pressure?
  by: redstain   11/07/2006 04:22 PM     
  am i the only one  
who felt pain in their leg while reading this or did this happen to everyone?!
  by: DarkAngelJG     11/07/2006 04:52 PM     
You are not the only one. I could actually hear bones and tendons snapping when I read it. I got the shivers.
  by: John E Angel     11/07/2006 11:17 PM     
yup saw this one on niptuck, looks a lil too painful for me :)
  by: memfis   11/07/2006 11:49 PM     
  @ john  
its amazing people actually put themselves through this.
  by: DarkAngelJG     11/08/2006 12:03 AM     
  sounds like  
a real 'misery' and someone is prolly the #1 fan of this ...

Could be the snap crackle and pop to some ppl though ...
  by: AccessG     11/08/2006 10:32 AM     
  the bigger you are  
the harder you fall.
  by: unitybeing   11/08/2006 10:54 AM     
  like redstain said  
it reminded me of the south park episode, and by the way it wasn't Stan but Kyle who got the surgery =)
  by: Pas Content   11/08/2006 07:07 PM     
The often use this procedure on midgets (whose PC term completely escapes me at the moment), to lengthen their arms and legs to normal size.
  by: daceo     11/08/2006 08:00 PM     
  Disturbing . . . .  
I've heard about this originally used on midgets who are just desperate to grow taller, and some freaky people, but I didn't know it was becoming big in china! And I think the PC term for midgets are vertically challenged citizens! (or I dont know :p)
  by: Bob Shinoski   11/09/2006 05:19 AM     
  @Bob Shinoski  
My band played for a midget's conventions recently.
We got a standing ovation and didn't even know it.
  by: White Albino   11/09/2006 08:33 AM     
There was a graphic reconstruction of what goes on in this prodecure, inside the leg, on CSI. Strangely enough, for midgets.
  by: bfgiles   11/13/2006 02:01 AM     
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