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Hi. I am 24 and 5'3. I am seeing someone seriously but he

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Hi.
I am 24 and 5'3. I am seeing someone seriously but he is only 5'3 too. I am really concerned about how tall our kids will be. Please are there hormone treatments to increase height in children and adults? How effective are there? How expensive are there? Are there any side effects? Thank you.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.
Dr. David :

This is Dr. David

Dr. David :

I see your worry and concern about height.

Dr. David :

there are surgeries which break your bones in the leg and set them about an inch or two longer and then allow them to heal.

Dr. David :

but these surgeries are cosmetic and you have to pay private for them.

Dr. David :

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2080771/Would-spend-34-000-3-INCHES-taller-Thomas-Keeper-thigh-bone-sawn-half-spent-months-hobbling-frame.html

Dr. David :

is an article about the surgery procedure.

JACUSTOMER-ra8wm921- :

I know about surgeries

Dr. David :

yes, the article talks about surgery to break the bones in the legs for adults to help them be 2-3 inches taller.

JACUSTOMER-ra8wm921- :

I asked about hormone treatment

Dr. David :

The operation cost £34,000

JACUSTOMER-ra8wm921- :

Aren't there hormone treatments?

Dr. David :

growth hormone treatment don't work in adults after their growth plates in their bones are fused.

JACUSTOMER-ra8wm921- :

Can it work in children?

Dr. David :

it can potentially work in children, but it is risky to give children growth hormone

Dr. David :

because it can affect the other pituitary hormones working properly.

Dr. David :

do you have other questions?

JACUSTOMER-ra8wm921- :

I guess I have to come to terms with short kids then.

Dr. David :

that is not always the case

JACUSTOMER-ra8wm921- :

No thanks

Dr. David :

the genetics of height can be unpredictable.

Dr. David :

it is not only based on your height.

JACUSTOMER-ra8wm921- :

I hope so

Dr. David :

it can be also affected by your siblings and also your parents as well.

JACUSTOMER-ra8wm921- :

We are both very short

Dr. David :

and there is nothing wrong with being short.

Dr. David :

I am only 5'3 myself.

JACUSTOMER-ra8wm921- :

I do have another question

Dr. David :

and you can do all the things you need to do in life

JACUSTOMER-ra8wm921- :

How does dwarfism work?

Dr. David :

dwarfism is much shorter stature and is a genetic condition.

Dr. David :

in humans, dwarfism is sometimes defined as an adult height of less than 4 feet 10 inches

Dr. David :

it can be caused by more than 200 medical conditions.

Dr. David :

so it is not just one condition.

JACUSTOMER-ra8wm921- :

So its not when two short people breed?

Dr. David :

no.

JACUSTOMER-ra8wm921- :

Thanks Doctor

Dr. David :

you are welcome

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