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Surgery in India: Frenchman walks taller

A surgery for lengthening of legs was carried out for the first time in India at New Delhi's Ganga Ram Hospital.

india Updated: Jan 12, 2006 13:13 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse

A surgery for cosmetic lengthening of legs was carried out for the first time ever in India when a French national visited the Capital.

The patient, who wasdischarged on Wednesday, will add 2.8 inches to his 5 feet 4 inch frame by the end of April.

"We did the surgery last week. The patient was discharged yesterday. He will gain seven centimetres (2.8 inches) in height by April's end," said orthopaedic surgeon ON Nagi, Ganga Ram Hospital.

Nagi said the procedure, which cost Rs 3,00,000, would have been three times more expensive in Europe.

The process involves cutting a layer of the bone of the two legs and attaching a metal frame with screws to the limbs. The rods of the frame can be lengthened, so that they pull the bone apart, creating a gap.

New bone cells form in this gap,increasing the length of the limb gradually, Nagi said.

The doctor said the procedure was safe and had no side-effects.

First Published: Jan 12, 2006 11:21 IST