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« on: June 21, 2020, 03:03:31 AM »

I had a Stryde nail placed in my femurs and stopped lengthening close to the end of January. I stopped around 5.2 cm or 2 inches. I went from around 5'8 to 5'10.  I'm nowhere back to where I was before but getting better over time. I can't jog but can walk fairly long distances. I do walks of about 3 miles about 4 times a week. 

I stopped around 5 cm because I was really struggling with tightness and weakness towards the end. I was not in a good place mentally and physically in spite of getting regular physio. I also needed to get back to work which was another equally important factor. 

Now I regret not having gone for the full 8 cm. My height neurosis still acts up. 5.10 is statistically just above average.  When I'm out I'm always comparing myself to other guys and I'm solidly average. I wonder if going through hell for 5 cm was worth it. I like to think it was but you always want more. Lol.

To be fair if I had pushed myself to 8 cm I would probably be much worse off right now in terms of my mobility.  Surgeons grossly underestimate the amount of recovery time you need after you stop lengthening. And it's not a linear relationship.  Going from 5 cm to 8 cm doesn't just mean adding another 3/8th additional recovery time.  Anyone else not go the full 8 cm?


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« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2020, 03:31:09 AM »

2 inches is a good gain, but comparatively modest in the LL field. You went from 35th percentile to 60th percentile in the US. In a room of 10 other people, you used to be taller than 3 and now are taller than 6. Had you gone for an extra inch then you would be taller than about 7.5 people's, about 8 other men out of 10.

You started at a nearly average height, and still went to a nearly average height, just slightly above. That is perhaps why you feel dissatisfied.

The major reapers of LL are those who went from very short like elementary schooler kid short to within standard distribution (5'1 to 5'4), very short to nearly average (5'5 to 5'8 ), and average to the objectively "tall" percentiles (5'9 to 6'0)

You went from average to average. I find it highly worrying that your height neurosis hasn't been cured, especially after all that effort. I fear you may retain this neurosis for a long time, and perhaps you may go back for Tibias or extending the femur nail once again.

It does kinda suck to go from essentially average to essentially average imo

Edit: as a side note, if you are doing LL, expect to be out of daily life for a year. Do not try to get to back to work asap and cheap out on recovery. Do not reduce your goal by not filling committing to stretching and PT. Not referring to OP, but If you have to say you "tried" to stretch daily, then clearly you are not doing enough. MyEvolution said that the majority of patients are lazy and succumb to human tendencies to slack off and not PT or stretch daily.

LL should be a full time job, you must push yourself to stretch many many times a day.

OP, I went through your post history and you stated that you could never touch your toes and was at least 6 inches away from doing so. I have no doubt this lack of flexibility caused you to stop early and really struggle through the process. For people who want to do LL, you must stretch. Alot.
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Teen who has dealt with height insecurities his entire life. Planning on doing quadrilaterals 11cm with 6 month gap in between in 2027. Giotikas Tibias and Mahboubian Femurs.
Height: 164cm
Wingspan: 169cm
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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2020, 05:22:12 PM »

Sounds like you shoulda taken stretching more seriously but whats done is done.  You're much better off anyway being above average than below average my friend.  Congrats on the gains. 


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Re: Regrets
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2020, 10:04:14 PM »

This is a very interesting post Jayes. I'd be very interested in reading more about your experience.

I'm thinking of doing between 2-3 inches (I'm 5'9" at night) through Stryde Femurs.

I feel 5'11 would be totally worth it and 6'0 would be a dream however I'm concerned about the extent to which I'm able to make a full athletic recovery.

Do you feel that even though you're not "nowhere back to where I was before" that you eventually will be?

Please tell me more about your regrets not going to the full 8cm. So you obviously must have considered continuing but what utterly convinced you that you needed to throw it the towel? Was the pain unbearable? Was it out of fear?

How far along your recovery do you think you'd be now if you did the full 8cm? Would you be able to walk around as much as you currently are?

Do you think that doing it at home was also a factor in why you decided to not go the full 8cm?



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Re: Regrets
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2020, 12:49:54 AM »

Jayes did your surgeon perform IT band release?


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Re: Regrets
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2020, 06:38:29 AM »

I understand why you'd be regretful Jayes I also know another guy "Purushotam" who did 6.5 CM and wish he did 8 CMs seems like he did a great full recovery he's about 2.5 years post op with the nails removed and is back to running 5Ks and miles in 7 minutes or so which is pretty decently fast, I did the surgery as well and would've regretted not pushing for the full 8 too, but you ended up even taller than me lol so try to appreciate what you have now, like others have mentioned before me, you went from slightly below average to above average, that's still decent.
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Re: Regrets
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2020, 03:42:13 PM »

I went the full 8 cm and am thankful I did. Looking back I totally understand why people stop at 5 cm, the last inch is the toughest to push through both mentally and physically.

5'10 is a great height and you should be proud of what you accomplished. Ultimately if your height neurosis persists, I'd suggest rebreaking the femur and getting the last 3 cm out of it.
Dr. Paley Patient: Femurs (Stryde) / 8 CM gained
Surgery: Sep 17 2019 / Distraction completed: Dec 14 2019
Starting height: 5'9 or 175cm / Ending Height: 6'0 ft or 183 cm
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