Sunday, October 24, 2004

Leg Lengthening

In an age when plastic surgeons appear on television offering to improve patients' eyes, noses, chins, lips and breasts, perhaps it's not surprising that a Georgia podiatrist offered to make a 5-foot-5-inch man taller for $40,000. But by performing a leg-lengthening procedure purely for cosmetic reasons, the podiatrist broke the law and was negligent, a panel of the Georgia Court of Appeals declared recently. Elective use of the procedure -- in which the patient's legs are surgically broken and the bone segments are kept separated until they grow together to increase their length -- violates the Georgia Podiatry Act, according to the decision. ...

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