A man who underwent the controversial “knee BL” leg-lengthening procedure, increasing his height from 5’5″ to 5’8″, has provided updates on his journey after receiving a second surgery earlier this year.
Moses Gibson spoke exclusively with TSR Investigates’ Justin Carter about his experience with the surgery performed by renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Shahab Mahboubian.
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Moses Gibson Provides Update On Leg-Lengthening Surgery After Second Procedure In April
Gibson underwent his first surgery in 2016, paying a staggering $75,000. Within a few months, he grew from 5’5″ to 5’8″, he told Carter.
After receiving his second surgery in April, and spending an additional $100,000, Gibson is currently in a wheelchair as he heals from the latest procedure.
He described the pain as tightness, but manageable.
“The more you walk, the faster the bone generates and hardens,” Gibson told TSR Investigates. “The painful part was really just the first month because of all the trauma to your legs as they try to recover.”
Gibson even went back to playing soccer after his first surgery.
Gibson Expects To Grow A Full Five Inches, But Experts Warn Against ‘Knee BL’ Surgery
Furthermore, Gibson anticipates growing another two inches following his second surgery in April. Once he has fully healed, he will have gone from 5’5″ to 5’10”.
However, orthopedic experts warn that bone-lengthening surgery is a risky procedure. According to Mount Sinai, only approximately 4 out of 10 bone-lengthening surgeries are completely successful.
Even successful surgeries like Gibson’s come with risks. Limb lengthening puts patients at risk of nerve damage, muscle damage, joint contracture, dislocations, and arthritis, according to Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Taylor Reif advises patients to consider visiting a therapist or psychologist before undergoing surgery.
“We are at the cusp of it booming even further,” Dr. Reif said. “I think you need to be really aware of what you’re going to get out of this. It will not make you more successful. It may give you more confidence. The nuts and bolts of it are you might grow a few inches taller. We try not to overpromise what this procedure can do for people.”
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Meanwhile, Atlanta-native Dynzell Sigers documented his transformation from 5’5″ to 6’0″ on TikTok following a trip to Turkey for the controversial surgery in December 2022.
The former Navy medic revealed that he underwent the procedure due to rejections by women for his short stature.
He told Live Life Taller that he felt like a “new man” after the surgery.
“When I go on dates, sometimes the girls would wear heels. I would wear (certain) shoes to make me taller, and put stuff in my shoes to make me look taller,” he said.
Sigers had three inches added to his femur and two added to his tibia.
The Surgery: How Doctors Are Performing Leg-Lengthening Procedures
The surgery involves multiple breaks in the leg bones and the insertion of metal rods. The rods are lengthened gradually over a period of 3-4 months using an electronic device placed on the leg.
The rods stretch up to one millimeter per day, and eventually, the bone heals around them.
After approximately a year following the surgery, the rods are removed.
The procedure has recently been given the nickname “knee BL,” a play on the term BBL (Brazilian butt lifts), as reported by The Shade Room.