The average height for adults ages 20 years and over for men is 5 feet 9 inches in the United States, while for women it’s 5 feet 4 inches.
However, some people have not grown to this height spectrum due to different reasons. This can range from nutrition to genetics. Recently, the height gap that exists between us can now be remedied, with a painful medical procedure called distraction osteogenesis.
The surgery which was originally developed to treat those with uneven leg lengths or dwarfism gained popularity in China in the early 2000s. It essentially involves breaking the bone, then separating or stretching it for the bone to heal in a longer position. Today, it is also used to treat disorders of the face, where the jaw or chin or skull may not be the right size, or growing in the right direction.
There are several stages to the heightening procedure. This include, an “osteotomy” phase, which is the technical term for when they break your legs, is the first stage of the procedure. The leg bone, usually the tibia, is either fully separated, or just cut into what is a fracture. The osteotomy phase is followed by the latency phase, where you’re hanging with a broken leg for a few days as your body starts to heal.