Welcome to the Stature Lengthening Center of the Paley Institute!
Stature lengthening is a cosmetic procedure for individuals who wish to become taller. The majority of people who seek this surgery are unhappy with their body image.
The purpose of the Stature Lengthening Center is to educate those interested in this type of surgery and to empower you to make informed and educated decisions about your treatment. For comprehensive information on all aspects of treatment, you can download the PDF of Frequently Asked Questions
The Paley Institute
Dr. Paley is the world's most experienced limb lengthening surgeon in the world for both stature lengthening and lengthening to treat limb length discrepancies. He has performed over 17,000 limb lengthening surgeries since 1986. Dr. Paley has an amazing track record of success, delivering results safely and reliably.
At the Paley Institute, safety is our number one priority. Unlike many other cosmetic procedures, stature lengthening can lead to chronic pain and disability. Therefore, the most important factor when considering stature lengthening should be safety. Safety comes from experience and organization. The Paley Institute provides the most experienced limb lengthening team in the world with the best safety track record.
The Paley Institute uses the most cutting-edge technology available in the world today. We use implantable limb lengthening techniques with the PRECICE intramedullary nail from Ellipse Technologies.
The Paley Institute is located at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida, United States. Stature lengthening requires the patient to relocate for months at a time in order to receive proper treatment during the lengthening. Our amazing location in West Palm Beach offers patients a resort atmosphere year-round.
The Paley Institute is patient-centric, offering coordinated care with all necessary medical services, including new patient consultation, radiology, surgery, postoperative appointments, physical therapy, and lengthening, all in one single location. Our entire staff of physicians, physician assistants, nurses, physical and occupational therapists, orthopedic technologists, and office and support staff, all work in one building, allowing our staff to communicate quickly and effectively, ensuring the highest level of care for each of our patients throughout all stages of their treatment.
The Paley Method
The stature lengthening method at the Paley Institute is divided into two main phases: distraction phase and consolidation phase. Prior to surgery, patients are required to book an initial consultation. We need to assess you and ensure that you are as prepared as possible for this surgery. During the surgery, Dr. Paley will perform an osteotomy and your bone will be separated followed by insertion of the PRECICE lengthening nail. After surgery, lengthening will begin and you will enter the distraction phase. Once the desired length has been achieved, you will enter the consolidation phase. No further adjustments are made to the PRECICE and the new bone is allowed is allowed to heal. The PRECICE nail will be removed one to two years later, in a minor outpatient procedure.
The entire procedure includes the following steps:
- Initial Consultation (Preparing for Surgery)
- Distraction Phase
- Physical Therapy
- Consolidation Phase
- Nail Removal
"First of all I’d like to say that limb-lengthening surgery hasn’t made me happy. I don’t think it will make anyone happy; you have to start out that way. But what it has done is kept me from being robbed of that happiness on a daily basis. Like most people who are significantly shorter than average, I used to suffer from the continuous onslaught of prejudicial comments and disrespectful attitudes towards short people which abound in our media and permeate our culture. I’m no longer affected by those comments. I still empathize with those who are, but those comments no longer perturb my own personal happiness, and that has profoundly changed my life forever. "
Costs & Financial Considerations
Cosmetic surgery of any kind is not covered by medical insurance. Therefore, cost is probably the number one limiting factor for most individuals seeking cosmetic stature lengthening. The Paley Institute provides detailed cost estimates that cover most aspects of treatment including hospital fees, follow up appointments, x-rays, physical therapy, medical equipment, and transportation.
No one wants unexpected problems, complications, and cost. For these reasons, we are very conservative regarding many aspects of the limb lengthening process. Dr. Paley is vigilant about anticipating problems and preventing complications. Many complications lead to additional surgery and therefore to additional costs.