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  • Writer's pictureDr. Yuksel Yurttas

Psychological Impact of Limb Lengthening Surgery

Imagine, just for a second, waking up one morning to find yourself at your ideal height. What a mix of feelings this thought brings, doesn't it? There's a spark of excitement about becoming taller, a curiosity about how this change might bring new experiences, and maybe even a bit of nervousness about adjusting to a different you. This rollercoaster of emotions is quite common for many people who go through limb lengthening surgery. In this article, we will discuss the unseen yet vital aspect of this procedure.

Beyond Height: The Deeper Impact of Leg Lengthening

Over time, leg lengthening has come a long way and changed many lives. However, it's not only about getting taller. The impact of this surgery goes deeper than assumed. It reaches beyond physical changes to affect the psychological well-being of a person. From the early days of basic techniques -like Ilizarov- to the latest advancements -like Precice 2-, each development has aimed to make the surgery safer, more successful, and less stressful. Nowadays, this procedure presents a unique opportunity for people to permanently overcome both their physical limitations and emotional challenges caused by short stature.

Before Surgery: Anticipation and Anxiety

The Dilemma of Decision Making

When you think of having this surgery, it's normal to feel a storm of mixed emotions. Making this choice is not easy; it's like standing at a crossroads between the dream of being taller and the natural fear of a major surgery. Many people find themselves wrestling with a sea of thoughts and questions, juggling their hopes for the future with the real concerns of the present. It's a journey that begins in the mind, long before the operating room.

Expectations and Apprehensions

As the surgery date gets closer, you might feel a mix of strong emotions. You may feel excited about becoming taller, but at the same time, you might worry about the surgery itself. Understanding the surgery details, what risks are involved, and what the recovery looks like can help you. This knowledge lets you see what's coming, making it easier to handle your worries and hopes.

During Surgery: Encountering Reality

When you are in surgery and right after it, things can feel very real and a bit scary. Even if you think you are ready, dealing with the pain, not being comfortable, and not moving as you used to can be hard. But remember, this part is just for a while. It's a step you need to take on your way to being taller.

Patient visit after limb lengthening

After Surgery: Emotional Shifts

After the surgery, your feelings might go up and down. You feel happy because you are on your way to getting taller, but there is also pain while your body heals and gets used to the changes. This time asks for a lot of patience and a strong spirit. You need to be kind to yourself and give yourself time to get better.

The Psychological Impact on Self-Esteem

This surgery can really change how you feel about yourself. For many who have always wanted to be taller, seeing themselves taller after the surgery can make them feel more confident and happy with who they are. In our experience with hundreds of patients, this boost in self-esteem is one of the most rewarding outcomes. Also, it's one of the main reasons we are passionate about this work.

Impact on Social Relationships

Becoming taller can change the way you interact with people. As you gain height, you might notice that the way others see and treat you changes too. These changes are usually good, but sometimes they can make you feel a bit unsure as you get used to your new self. It's a journey of redefining your place in your social world.

Quality of Life: A Changed Perspective

This surgery does more than just make you taller; it can transform your whole life. People often tell us they feel more optimistic and eager to try new things after the surgery. Imagine the confidence boost you get when you're at eye level in conversations, no longer having to look up. It's like starting a new chapter in your life where you have more control over your story. This change in perspective can open doors to experiences you never thought possible before.

Reaching new heights

Dealing with the Psychological Impact

Remember the saying, "Every cloud has a silver lining"? This is especially true for the emotional journey of this procedure. Sure, it might seem overwhelming at first, but it's also a chance to grow personally. Using techniques like mindfulness and positive thinking, and having strong support from others, can help you deal with these emotional challenges.

The Role of Family and Friends

Family and friends play a big part in this big change in your life. From the moment you decide to have the surgery to when you're recovering, their support can be really important. They understand and care about you, which can make a big difference when you're dealing with all these changes.

Want to take this challenge alone?

If you decide to go through this journey by yourself, keeping it private, remember that it can be a powerful experience. Doing this on your own can show how strong and independent you are. It's about finding inner strength and proving to yourself that you can handle big challenges. While it's tough to go it alone, the sense of achievement you'll feel at the end will be all yours. This path may be less traveled, but it can lead to a profound sense of self-reliance and personal pride.

Postoperative Support Makes the Difference

Limb Lengthening Success

Choosing the right surgeon is a key part of your height increase journey. Prof. Dr. Yuksel Yurttas is more than just an orthopedic surgeon, he is also a caring guide through your whole experience. His deep knowledge of limb lengthening means your operation will be smooth and safe. This lets you focus more on feeling good about yourself during this big change.

Final Thoughts

Having leg lengthening surgery is about more than just changing your height. It's a journey that touches your heart and mind, shaping you in new ways. Yes, there are challenges, but the benefits – like feeling better about yourself, having better interactions with others, and enjoying life more – are what make it all worth it.

Are you ready for this change? Reach us via WhatsApp at +905339735289 or by email at


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