Cosmetic surgeon Dr Kevin Debiparshad charges clients $75,000 for limb-lengthening procedures, which can stretch patients’ limbs by up to 6 inches — using what he merely calls a “painful device.”

The Harvard-educated surgeon and orthopedic specialist achieves this by making incisions in the femur or tibia, then “insert[ing] a device that slowly stretches them out permanently.” After surgery, the patient uses a remote control that triggers the device to stretch — i.e. break and heal — the bone incrementally.

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