A 5-foot-5 man has undergone ‘excruciatingly painful’ $165,000 surgery to add five inches to his height after spending years struggling to talk to women due to self-doubt about his stature.
Moses Gibson, of Minneapolis, Minnesota, said he was only insecure about his height 15 years ago after seeing other boys his age go through growth spurts he hadn’t experienced.
The 41-year-old spent years dealing with unflattering comments about his smaller size, which he admitted ate away at his ‘confidence’ and left him with insecurities that severely affected his dating life.
Desperate to increase his height, he tried medication, and contacted a “spiritual healer” online who insisted he could help him grow.
A 5-foot-5 man underwent “excruciatingly painful” $165,000 surgery to add five inches to his height. Seen before (left) and after (right) the first action
Moses Gibson (seen before surgeries), of Minnesota, said he was insecure about his height only 15 years ago after seeing other boys his age go through growth spurts he didn’t experience
Moses spent years dealing with unflattering comments about his size, which eroded his “confidence” and left him with insecurities that severely affected his dating life. Seen before surgeries
He eventually decided to go under the knife to increase his size. He has now received two plastic surgeries – which have cost him $165,000. seen during the first
Musa’s leg lengthening operation to add five inches to his height
During the surgery, the shin bone is broken and fixed in a special frame. With the support of the frame, the tibia is stretched, allowing new bone to form between the two broken ends of the bone.
Over time, this bone becomes stronger so that it can support your weight.
Distraction can sometimes lead to a significant increase in height, but it is a long treatment and comes with a risk of complications, so it is not always recommended.
Some people experience pain during or after the limb lengthening procedure.
Other possible complications include: poor bone formation, fractures, infection, lengthening of bones at an inappropriate rate, and blood clots.
But after other options failed, Moses finally decided to go under the knife to increase his size.
He’s now had two plastic surgeries—which cost him $165,000—and he’s happy with the results.
I struggled with my height. He told SWNS recently, even when I was in high school, I was always unhappy with my height.
When I was 15 years old, I realized that most of my classmates were taller than me. It gradually began to reach me.
I used to put things in my shoes to gain a little bit of height, but it wasn’t much.
People made comments. Sometimes it wasn’t in a mean way or with intent to hurt, but they’d say, “Dude, you’re a short man,” or joke.
While Moses said he was “strong” and a “tough guy”, he admitted that eventually everything started to get to him – so he started “looking” for ways to make himself taller.
I didn’t feel good about myself, I wasn’t happy about it most of the time.
He continued, “It’s been my confidence in myself in general, and with the ladies — it’s affected my dating life.”
I loved clothes and shoes, but I didn’t feel happy wearing them and wanted to look better.
You’ve bought drugs online that promise to make you the height you’ve been looking for. I took them for a while before I realized it was rubbish and stopped.
“I was talking to a spiritual healer online via email who promised they could fix any problem.”
During college, he came across a procedure that could lengthen the length of his legs, and began working overtime until he could save up enough money for surgery.
After spending three years working as a software engineer by day and as an Uber driver by night, he underwent surgery for the first time in 2016.
The first procedure added three inches to his height during the initial procedure, but still not satisfied, he did it again last month. Seen after the second surgery
When recovered he will be five feet 10 inches tall. His legs are seen before the second surgery
The surgery involved doctors breaking Musa’s bones and fibula and attaching magnetic nails to lengthen the limbs. Seen after the second surgery
He added three inches to his height during the initial procedure, but still isn’t satisfied, and went under the knife again last month.
Once he completes his recovery, Moses will stand at five feet 10 inches tall.
He now has to use the stretcher three times a day
The surgery involved doctors breaking Musa’s bones and fibula and attaching magnetic nails to lengthen the limbs.
He now has to use a height extender three times a day – which pulls the severed bones apart one millimeter at a time.
This encourages his body to create new bone tissue, which will fill the gap until the desired height is reached.
“After the first procedure, I was somewhat happy with it, but I always wanted to do the second procedure to complete it,” he explained.
“I’m a high achiever, and I’m one of the most successful guys, so after the first one I thought, I’ve got the money and I can finish the ride.” I’d be happy at 5’10.
Moses admitted that there were times when the recovery was “really painful” but said he “has got to go through it”.
“After the first procedure, I was somewhat happy with it, but I always wanted to do the second procedure to complete it,” he explained. Seen after the first surgery
Moses admitted that there were times when the recovery was “really painful” but said he “has got to go through it”. His legs appear after the second operation
The 41-year-old (seen after his second surgery) added that the surgery addressed his concerns – it also gave him the confidence he needed to talk to women, and he now has a girlfriend
The 41-year-old added that the surgery addressed his concerns – and left him feeling “more free”.
It also gave him the confidence he needed to talk to women, and he now has a girlfriend.
[After the first surgery]I became less hesitant and less anxious about the outcome when talking to women,” Moussa explained. I now have a girlfriend.
I started wearing shorts and taking full body photos that I wasn’t used to doing. It’s a crazy thing, no one should feel that way.
Ultimately, he hopes sharing his story will inspire others who feel the same way he did.
He concluded, “I would advise anyone who wants this to go for it, it’s definitely worth it.” “I definitely want to spread the word and if it can help others get through it, then so be it. I’m glad.”