PHOTOS: From Pain to Gain, Short Man Endures Agonizing Surgery for Height Increase

Moses Gibson, a 41-year-old man from Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, has undergone an excruciating surgical procedure to increase his height by five inches. Having experienced “heightism” from a young age, Moses’ 5ft 5in frame left him struggling to get a woman, impacting his confidence and dating life. Despite trying medication and consulting with a spiritual healer, Moses was left feeling unhappy with his height until he came across a painful surgical procedure that involved breaking multiple bones.

In 2016, Moses underwent his first round of surgery, which saw him gain three inches in height. Determined to reach his goal height of 5ft 10in, Moses recently underwent a second surgery, which cost him a total of $98,000, and now uses a height-lengthening device three times a day to pull the cut bone apart a millimetre at a time. This encourages the body to create new bone tissue to fill the gap, with the ultimate aim of reaching his desired height.

Moses has spent a total of $160,000 on these intense surgical procedures, which he says are all worth it after years of feeling unhappy with his height. “It was my self-confidence in general, and with the ladies. It affected my dating life,” Moses explained. “I used to put things in my shoes to gain a little bit of height, but it wasn’t very much. People made comments. Sometimes it wasn’t in a mean way or intending to hurt, but they’d say ‘sh*t dude, you’re short man’ or make a joke of it.”

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Despite the painful nature of the surgery, Moses says that the procedures have helped to improve his confidence and ability to talk to women, and he’s even landed himself a new girlfriend. “After the first one, I became less hesitant and less worried about the result when talking to women. I now have a girlfriend,” he said. “I started wearing shorts and taking full body pictures which I never used to. It’s a crazy thing nobody should feel that way.”

However, Moses admits that the surgery was still “really painful” at times, and he had to be given “powerful” pain medication. Despite this, he remains determined to achieve his goal height, saying, “I’m a high achiever, I’m a go-getter so after the first one I thought, with all the heightism, I’ve got the money and I can finish the journey.”

Moses hopes that this most recent surgery will finally make him feel “free” from the insecurities and self-doubt that have plagued him for years.