The Extreme Lengths To Grow Taller: Limb-Lengthening Surgery In India | Undercover Asia

The Extreme Lengths To Grow Taller: Limb-Lengthening Surgery In India | Undercover Asia

An investigation into a growing trend in limb lengthening surgery in India, where certain men and women who believe their heights are ruining their lives, are having operations to grow taller.

The film follows the progress of two men who have the procedure, starting inside the operating theatre as their surgeon breaks their legs before attaching rods, frames and bolts for the lengthening process to begin. It charts their recovery over months as they grow a millimetre at a time before struggling to get back onto their feet.

Undercover Asia also tracks down another young man who was left crippled by limb lengthening surgery and examines why height is so important in Indian society, talking to agents who cast models and actors in Bollywood and women who are on a hunt for prospective life partners.

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50 Comments

  1. FROST KGF on October 4, 2021 at 8:23 am

    I am 16 year old boy with just 158cm of low height what should i do everyone makes my fun i feel unconfident every time.

  2. DJRC Channel on October 4, 2021 at 8:23 am

    This is sick

  3. Lavendar Flowers on October 4, 2021 at 8:24 am

    This world has so much to be dissatisfied by.
    I’m 4’11, dark skinned with nappy hair and I’ve never been more comfortable in my skin.
    I think if people don’t respect you, the problem is theirs, not yours. I don’t understand how one can disrespect another just because of their height.

  4. Yg Thug on October 4, 2021 at 8:24 am

    Worked for jack hanma

  5. lerma benedicto on October 4, 2021 at 8:26 am

    This is crazy 😱

  6. Bodiedbyt on October 4, 2021 at 8:26 am

    I’m really shocked the doctor approved the sales tech guy for surgery, his wife didn’t even know!

  7. chikie Laput on October 4, 2021 at 8:27 am

    I’m 28 years old and I am only 4’8 . My height is my greatest insecurity and it really affect my self confidence.

  8. Anonymous W on October 4, 2021 at 8:28 am

    If women don’t want u coz ur too short then jus don’t procreate. Why would u simp to this level for women lul, prostitutes don’t have height requirements.

  9. Suyash K. on October 4, 2021 at 8:28 am

    15:14 ☠️

  10. Enjoy The Decline. on October 4, 2021 at 8:30 am

    Hearing that Indian Chick demand the world because she’s 5’8 almost made me throw up in my mouth.
    We’re dealing with Women’s inflated and unrealistic standards all across the world right now. Social Media is literally tearing apart society at the seams.

  11. Lyssa Moura on October 4, 2021 at 8:31 am

    I’m sorry, but having had way too many NON-ELECTIVE SURGERIES, this is not a gamble I would EVER TAKE ON MY LIFE OR ON SOMEONE’S LIFE OF SOMEONE WHO I LOVEπŸ’”. IT IS JUST PURE MADNESS😱!!!
    I SHATTERED MY LEG, ANKLE AND FOOT ON MY LEFT LEG 8 YEARS AGO & NOW HAVE A TITANIUM ROD with 12 SCREWS AND PINS in MY LEG!!! IT NEVER HEALED CORRECTLY, AND I HAVE DEVELOPED CHRONIC COMPLEX REGIONAL PAIN SYNDROME TYPE 2 πŸ’” (for which there is no cure) I live in SEVERE PAIN CONSTANTLY!!! I also happen to be diabetic and have diabetic neuropathy πŸ’”. This is also VERY PAINFULπŸ’”. I am only 5’3" tall. I am perfectly fine with my height. My husband is 5’5". My oldest son is almost 6′ tall. My youngest son is 5’7.5" Height doesn’t matter where we live… My daughter is only an inch taller than me.
    I don’t think, this surgery is NEEDED!!! It’s a mind game!!! (That’s being polite!)
    If you go to this, please make sure you go to a qualified orthopedic surgeon!!! And make sure THEY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING!!! Otherwise you are the one that will end paying for their mistakes!!! Please do whatever research you can BEFORE you do anything this INVASIVE!!! GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!

  12. Sauradeep Dhar on October 4, 2021 at 8:32 am

    insecurity with ur body can literally kill you in this kind of society!

  13. Brianna Nicole on October 4, 2021 at 8:32 am

    The BBL for males lmao better get the arms to match bc they’ll be checking

  14. πš‚πšπš›πšŽπšœπšœπšŽπš on October 4, 2021 at 8:32 am

    I think I see the problem.

    So this dudes 5’2" and is living in America ?
    I think you can do the imagination yourself lmfao.

  15. Anurag Kumar on October 4, 2021 at 8:33 am

    This is happening in India where average height is 5 "" 🀣🀣🀣

  16. GURDDIAL SIINGH on October 4, 2021 at 8:34 am

    Doctor sahb seat belt to lgga lo, q pddelikhe unpadd banne ghum rahe ho

  17. Opalivian on October 4, 2021 at 8:35 am

    Everyone says their height is perfectly fine but will refuse to date someone shorter. Just like racism. You will 100% get judged if you decided to date them or have direct involvement.

  18. Mr k on October 4, 2021 at 8:35 am

    I was very conscious of my height. I stand 5 feet 7 and now i dom’t give a rats ass.

  19. Sara on October 4, 2021 at 8:37 am

    He says that he denies people and picks and chooses a lot. Why on earth would he approve a man that is successful, has a wife, knows that he hasn’t informed his wife, and works in TECH. Got this surgery just to work from home at a desk and some zoom meetings because of COVID. That’s such a clear case that seems like it should be turned down

  20. Nikhil Mishra on October 4, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Being a professional media you must show all the part of INDIA. You missed Arunachal Pradesh, Kashmir and Ladhak.
    Shame on you be responsible for what you shows.

  21. Mr. Honesty on October 4, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Someone help me understand the rice scene at 24:22. What exactly was she looking for & how did she pin point a grain & remove it for what?

  22. Chirag Joshi on October 4, 2021 at 8:39 am

    20k usd for some centimetres what the hell

  23. Suyash K. on October 4, 2021 at 8:39 am

    Doctor’s daughter is just affected by bad comedy attempts

  24. HeavyMetal 2000 on October 4, 2021 at 8:40 am

    Lots of people 4" wouldn’t make or break. 5’2"-5’6" doesn’t make a BIG difference believe me, you’ll just be as hard to meet girlfriends. I have heard there are height requirements for some jobs in Southeast Asia so if its your dream to be a Flight Attendant or Nurse than you would be very tempted to do this of course. I would say if you are 5’8" it could be a big deal to become 6′. 6′ just seems to be such a HUGE number for women, the amount of hot women gets immense when they see that magic number 6. Finally, a respectable point is perhaps going from dwarf to just over 5′. If you can make it to 5’2" it can get you into the ballpark for many women. Maybe 5’1" to 5’5" is tempting, you’d be above the US average height for women.

    Anything else would be absolutely absurd, that’s my 2 cents on the whole issue.

  25. Walk Straight Path on October 4, 2021 at 8:42 am

    why do you want to do all this man why ???

  26. Anwesha Sonai on October 4, 2021 at 8:43 am

    Lomba hoa ta na hoi porer jonmer jonnoi rekhe dilm….. Ei jonome ami heels porei kaj chaile nebo

  27. Srikanth Ginjupalli on October 4, 2021 at 8:44 am

    Why is my leg in pain just hearing about the surgery

  28. Shimony Wangchu on October 4, 2021 at 8:45 am

    KARO MARO

  29. Spectre on October 4, 2021 at 8:45 am

    He’s 5 ft 2in. I can’t say if I’d say no to this surgery. I’m 6 foot if I take my shoes off. I can’t imagine losing a foot.

  30. πš‚πšπš›πšŽπšœπšœπšŽπš on October 4, 2021 at 8:47 am

    Being short myself.
    I can tell ya one thing , it doesn’t seem that bad at first but the interactions drip a sour taste of judgment that keeps dripping like acid day in and day out , until your pride exists no more.

  31. Retrix on October 4, 2021 at 8:49 am

    gain more respect? did they ever think about working out hard and liftin these weights

  32. MSF_ Clay on October 4, 2021 at 8:49 am

    6’3

  33. Jim Deane on October 4, 2021 at 8:51 am

    Seems a psychologist would be a better bet 😳

  34. NerdyAndNatural on October 4, 2021 at 8:53 am

    35:00 imagine going under anesthesia and just before you drift off you see a bunch of surgeons hovering over a quick reference guide πŸ’€

  35. Zoz on October 4, 2021 at 8:53 am

    lmao manlet

  36. Mr on October 4, 2021 at 8:57 am

    This is stupid lol

  37. Sara on October 4, 2021 at 8:58 am

    If my husband had major surgery that will cripple him for weeks and not only didn’t tell me but also lied about it, might be grounds for divorce. Not might be, would be probably.

  38. Walk Straight Path on October 4, 2021 at 8:58 am

    ***LOVE YOURSELF***
    height = gender = age = skin color
    you can’t magically change them, be happy who you are, don’t let your self esteem get lowered, accept it that this is how you are. please love yourself first before loving other person/things.

  39. LaDawn Hardnett on October 4, 2021 at 9:00 am

    See how they blurred his eyes when he came to…

  40. Vendetta DM on October 4, 2021 at 9:00 am

    πŸ’ Heard that Amit got fired due to covid staff downsizing…he is now back to India.
    By the way…all superstar of bollywood are below 5’8.
    And all freedom fighters are below 5’8.
    And girls…if we see a tall avg girl and a short smoking hot girl…who do you think we will choose?. Go to gym lazyass.

  41. Brawl with Dom on October 4, 2021 at 9:02 am

    Dude why would you make your legs weaker

  42. Weasel on October 4, 2021 at 9:03 am

    Good Christ. I don’t understand it. But beyond us, when we all die… This will be a common thing. It’s … Weird

  43. πš‚πšπš›πšŽπšœπšœπšŽπš on October 4, 2021 at 9:04 am

    "Pain is limited , Height is eternal"

    – That guy probably

  44. Dianne K on October 4, 2021 at 9:05 am

    I just watched a documentary a week ago about a man who did this and the surgery went wrong. Now he can’t work out and will need crutches to get around permanently or till he has a corrective surgery.

  45. narakaline on October 4, 2021 at 9:05 am

    As a Indian who stands at 6’1 this made me feel good about myself..

  46. bib joe mama on October 4, 2021 at 9:06 am

    9:17 i thought he said "a person who is 5’6 and wants to go to 6’9" i was like: oh my god o.o xD

  47. Shirley ursula kim wong on October 4, 2021 at 9:07 am

    I’m 5.5 happy . Why not be happy how u are . So ungrateful when there people dying to live. And fools do this .

  48. Sean Masters on October 4, 2021 at 9:08 am

    min 29:12 omg that machine is soo dirty omg

  49. Yuel zacob on October 4, 2021 at 9:10 am

    39:26 β€œwhat the f did we do” look

  50. Cymone Campbell on October 4, 2021 at 9:13 am

    Quackery.

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