PHOTO: Texas Man Undergoes Limb-Lengthening Surgery to Grow, Be Like Basketball Heroes

by Kayla Zadel

This Texas man wished he was a little bit taller, and his wish was granted. But not without limb-lengthening surgery and a good chunk of change.

Alfonso Flores from Dallas has undergone cosmetic limb-lengthening surgery to increase his height, according to the Daily Mail. Flores was 5’11” and says he’s always wanted to be taller. His wish for height started when he was 12-years-old. Flores friends and family warned him against the “unnecessary treatment.” However, the freelance writer and pre-med student sought out the limb-lengthening surgery.

Now he’s 6’1″ thanks to the procedure Dr. Kevin Debiparshad of The LimbplastX Institute in Las Vegas.

Dr. Debiparshad’s website states that the surgeries start at $75,000 for a femur-lengthening procedure – which is what Alfonso had done. Then they go up to $84,000 for a tibia-lengthening surgery. However, patients may also opt for add-ons that can raise the price to around $94,000.

Alfonso says, “I know 5’11” is a great height, and many people would love to be that tall, but I wanted just a little more than that.”

The Dallas resident continues, “I decided to go for 6’1 because I started off at a great height and wanted to retain as much of my athletic ability and range of motion as possible.” Flores has been at his new height for seven months now and says it feels great. “I seem to have retained all of it because I am able to squat the same as before.”

The limb-lengthening patient looked-up to athletes most of his life. “I really wanted to be more like my heroes,” Flores explains. “All of my heroes were super tall. Particularly people like Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson, Kobe Bryant, and of course my father.”

Limb-Lengthening Surgery Described

According to Dr. Debiparshad, the hour-long femur-lengthening procedure is only minimally invasive. Additionally, it includes making four to six incisions in the patient’s thigh. From there, they separate the femur with a few incisions and place an implant into the hollow of the bone. This implant is controlled with a remote that the patient can operate at home, extending it by a tiny amount each day until the optimum length is achieved. 

According to Flores, the entire process was far less painful than people might think. Furthermore, he was even able to take his first rehabilitation steps just one day after undergoing the operation. 

Flores also has some parting words for those going these lengths for this cosmetic surgery.

“I highly encourage people to really look into themselves before they commit to having the surgery, and really think about why they are doing this to ensure that it’s for the right reason.”