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Increasing Height After Vertebral Disk Collapse: Surgical Techniques To Choose From

Vertebral Disc

Can surgery increase height? The answer is yes, but it depends.

This Teen Agrees That Surgery Increases Height

For example, back in 2008, newscasts reported that one teenage girl with scoliosis and only 5’1” tall, ‘grew’ 5 inches as a result of surgery to correct the scoliosis.

This makes a lot of sense since scoliosis is a lateral curvature of the spine. The spine twists and turns like a snake instead of being straight in scoliosis.

If you can dream up a way to stretch the ends of the spine so that the curvature of the scoliosis becomes a straight line, you’d have an immediate increase in height.

And that’s what doctors did when they inserted titanium rods in her back to help straighten the spine.

The teen was so happy that she proceeded with her childhood dream of being a model and an agency signed her up.

Can Surgery Increase Height Otherwise?

But what about the idea of surgery increasing height for other conditions?

Well, unless you think of another way to increase height with surgery on the spine, it’s not happening.

If you look at the spine itself, however, in between the vertebrae are disks composed of a spongy material.

This spongy material is composed primarily of water but does include several different vitamins and minerals. Each disk could be a good half inch tall.

QuestionHow Much Height Comes From Your Disks

So let’s calculate how much of your height comes from disks, using just a standard measurement of ½ inch as an average:

‣ 7 cervical vertebrae, 5 disks 2-1/2 inches
‣ 12 thoracic vertebrae, 12 disks 6 inches
‣ 5 lumbar vertebrae, 6 disks 3 inches


11-1/2 inches

That’s quite a bit. Now if one of those disks collapses, the ends of the vertebrae above it could sit on top of the ends of the vertebrae below it. There would be a loss of at least ½ inch.

It’s not only a disk that can collapse, but also the vertebrae body itself. A vertebrae could be an inch tall, but when it collapses, it can end up flat as a pancake. That’s a loss of one full inch for every vertebrae that collapses.

Let’s calculate how much of the spine is from the vertebral bodies, based on the average of one inch per vertebral body:

‣ 5 cervical vertebrae that have bodies 5 inches
‣ 12 thoracic vertebrae bodies 12 inches
‣ 5 lumbar vertebrae bodies 5 inches


22 inches

That’s a minimum of 22 inches, and a lot of room for a loss of height, especially if someone refuses to do anything about their osteoporosis or poor bone density!

What To DoWhat To Do When You Lose Height From Disk Herniation

In some people, more than one disk collapses. Their spinal tissue is in a state of degeneration which results in multiple disks collapsing.

In this case, surgery is often needed. The person has lost an inch or even 2 or 3 inches of height. There are two types of surgical procedures that could be done to correct this.

1. Spinal Fusion Surgery

Spinal Fushion

In this surgery, bone fragments may be added to the nearby vertebrae where the disk has collapsed. As the person heals from the surgery, the bones fuse together and some titanium rods hold the bones together.

The problem with this surgery is that all the height that was lost remains lost. The person is officially an inch or two or three shorter, forever.

And there’s quite a bit of pain from the restricted movement in the spine as a result of the fusion.

2. Insertion of a New Disk

Spine New Disc

Luckily, there is a new option, and one that makes more sense. In the creation of a new disk, collagen is used to form a sponge.

The sponge is soaked with water and bone proteins and then inserted inside a titanium cage that is about the same dimensions as the normal disk.

The titanium cage is inserted in between the vertebrae after the remaining pieces of the old disk is removed. Next a rubberized silicon matter is injected into the cage and it hardens, forming a new disk.

The best part about this is that the person now is just as tall as they were before the disk herniated. They regained that half inch or so.

Next StepCan Surgery Increase Height? Sure, But What About Increasing Height Without Surgery?

Perhaps the easiest way to increase one’s height – without surgery – is to examine factors that can keep the disks healthy in the first place.

1. Not Enough Water

One of the reasons that disks collapse and herniated is simple: not drinking enough water.

The state of one’s hydration determines the health of the disk.

Water feeds the disks and keeps them plumped up, nice and healthy.

2. Gelatin And Cartilage

Fried Chicken

So does eating things like gelatin and chicken or beef cartilage, or even shark cartilage. The different types of cartilages are similar in composition to human cartilage.

3. Silica And Other Minerals

Silica Supplement

Silica is another major component of disk material, and it can easily be supplied in the body by adding diatomaceous earth powder. For this, it really must be only one kind: the kind that is edible.

It should be marked “US Food Grade” on the bag; otherwise it isn’t suitable for consumption.

Silica, as well as other minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, strontium, and boron is often deficient in the body of anyone over the age of 20.

This results in poor bone density. And poor bone density makes the vertebrae collapse.

Really, the first thing to get started doing if you want your height back or to increase your height is to eat right and drink enough fluids, and don’t forget your supplements.

Can surgery increase height? Sure but why count on it unless you have a serious medical condition.

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  • Met July 8, 2013, 1:04 am

    How much height does cervical vertebrae grow during sleep? How much height does cervical vertebrae decrease during day? Can I still have longer legs and shorter torso body type if my neck is long?

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