Early resuming of sport like bike, even on the same day as the surgery.
Picture: Emma – ex patient
6 month after surgery
Dr Guichet gets his patients to attempt 20 minutes of cycling after surgery. Patients recover mobility in full, and it is therefore possible to walk right after surgery and practice gentle sports within a week.
Dr. Guichet always strives to help you gain as much height as you dream of as safely as possible (within biological parameters). On average, people gain around 6.7cm but in some cases, such as with dwarfism, people gain up to 35cm.
Some patients feel very little pain, and take less painkillers than others. This is dependant on how carefully rehab training is followed, but the pain levels are generally comparatively low due to improved and personalised methods.
Commonly patients manage to keep on top of work for a few hours per day during recovery. Rest is important for lengthening, so personal assistants will be greatly valued during this period. But your surgery shouldn’t have to put your career on hold.
Finally, the speed with which you gain height with Dr. Guichet’s meticulously developed procedure is quite rapid compared to other techniques. It is engineered so that you could gain 4.4 cm in one month, and 7.7 within two.
My bilateral lengthening with Dr. Guichet.
19 years man who grew +73 MM (2″ 25/32 )
Today, I am really happy and don’t regret at all performing the lengthening. I see the world differently. I don’t suffer from my height anymore, I am much more confident. This lengthening changed my life.
The first reason I went with the Guichet Nail is that I had the opportunity to meet patients who were performing the lengthening. The results astonished me: they all walked even a few weeks after surgery.
The second reason I went with Dr. Guichet is for his professionalism and rigorousness during the rehab to ensure that we recovered extremely fast.
I left the hospital 3 days after surgery. I gained 7.33 cm 2” 9/10 in 66 days. I had the feeling of having a regular summer with my daily gym cessions.
As for the scars, they are almost unnoticeable.
Throughout the lengthening, Dr. Guichet was always available by phone, even on week ends. He always answered and took from his time to re-explain me everything I wanted to know about. His medical follows up is rigorous, completely personalized and comforting. Today, I am really happy and don’t regret at all performing the lengthening. I see the world differently. I don’t suffer from my height anymore. I am much more confident. This lengthening changed my life. Thank you Dr. Guichet!
With respect to the cost I regret noting.
30 y/o woman which gained +70 MM (2.76″) from 1.53 M (5′ 0¼”),
I always dreamed about being as tall as the other women. I reached my ideal body – and don’t even feel the need to wear high heels.
I have always seen myself as small and suffered from my height. I learned about Dr. Guichet through his website – which I ended knowing by heart after reading it over and over. I booked an appointment. He explained me thoroughly the procedure and told me I can reach 7cm without significant dangers – which I dreamed about. The procedure required an intensive gym prep in order to withstand safely the height increase. Over the next 2 month after the surgery, I rented a small flat near by the rehab center. The first days after the surgery, I had moderate pain in my legs. I also lost some appetite, probably because of the drugs prescribed. I also lost some weight – probably because creating more bone takes a tremendous amount of energy. I recovered completely from the lengthening. Two years after the lengthening I got my nails removed. And since then I am fully alive again – totally over the procedure. The cost was significant but I regret noting. The safety and quality provided by doctor Guichet has a cost but don’t forget that, over those 2 months, you’re putting your life into someone else’s hands. Also, the procedure’s benefit are for a lifetime. I always dreamed about being as tall as the other women. I reached my ideal body – and don’t even feel the need to put high heels. Personally, my health is paramount. I did this surgery after weighting the risks, after a careful choice of a surgeon expert in the field and after visiting their patients performing the lengthening. Nowadays, I am proud to say I completely forgot about the surgery.
Hello Doctor, will I ever be able to get taller?
27 Years women who grew+ 92 mm (3.62″) from 1.48 m (4′ 10⅜”)
I went home after 2 or 3 weeks and resumed work 2 months after. I gained 8 cm (3” 3/20), had no problems and am extremely happy.
Laure was a medical student, she suffered from her small height. As a medical student, she would ask her coworkers if there were any other ways to get taller than the external fixator. The typical question would always lead to the same answer: – Hello Doctor will I ever be able to get taller? Is there any way I could gain a few centimeters? – No. Unfortunately. You have to accept yourself the way you are; you have other qualities. This was until 1997, when she met with Pr. L. an expert independent from her public hospital. In her own words, she said: This year, I learned a great news, that a new method, much safer and therefore acceptable […] existed: It was an internal nail invented by a brilliant young surgeon – the Dr. Guichet […]. His method is actually the best. I was operated by him 4 years ago. The lengthening took place over 2 ½ months, period over which I did rehab in the rehab center (‘Centre de réhabilitation fonctionnelle’) in Nancy, France. I went home after 2 or 3 weeks and resumed work 2 months after. I gained 8 cm (3” 3/20), had no problems and am extremely happy.
I called him on a Sunday. He went to my flat 30 min after.
Billateral lengthening of a man from 1.78 m (5′ 10⅛”) to 1.83m (6′ 0¼”)
If you are really motivated, I highly recommend doctor Guichet. His method, in my opinion, is the safest, fastest and least demanding.
I have to say thank you to Dr. Guichet which I believe is one of the most amazing person I’ve met in my life. Ever since I met with him, and especially during the lengthening period, he never let me down and was available 24/7 on his phone. I even called him on a Saturday, once, and felt very embarrassed. He said it was fine to call him. 30 min later he went to my rental flat. We only didn’t met since a few days; communication with him is really easy. The relation is comparable to him being more of a friend than a surgeon. Like any equivalent surgery, the procedure is still heavy and I believe one should only do it if there are 100% motivated – otherwise, you may have a break down in the middle of the lengthening. If you are really motivated, I highly recommend doctor Guichet. His method, in my opinion, is the safest, fastest and least demanding.
My 9.4cm with Dr. Guichet.
22 y/o woman who gained +94 MM (3″ 3/4) from 1.44 M (4′ 8⅝”)
I have always wanted to be taller as I am a very short individual and so my research for LL started about 7 years ago when I first discovered that such an operation exists. At the time there was Swings board—not sure if any of you know it but it had a variety of very useful information with past patients, just like this site but at the time it was very active. On there I started researching about all the different methods and the different doctors performing them. After a lot of reading, I narrowed it down to Dr. Guichet and Dr. Paley. I emailed both and soon after I scraped off Dr. Paley for a couple of reasons. Firstly he told me that 5 cm is the maximum he would allow and secondly if I were to do the operation with him then I would have to use a wheelchair for a few months before I moved onto crutches. This of course is unacceptable to me as I wanted to be on my feet as soon as possible with as much gain as I can get. Ever since then, I have focused on Dr. Guichet’s method as I found him to be the best and most competent doctor for this type of surgery. As you know, this isn’t a small procedure and to make sure you have the least possible risk you must choose 1) an excellent method and 2) an even more excellent surgeon. To me the Albizza method and Dr. Guichet best covered the criteria. Once I knew where I wanted to have my surgery, I started planning when I was going to do it, which wasn’t easy since I was studying at the time and I didn’t want to take noticeable time off and have people find out what I was doing. I had to postpone my plans several times for personal reasons and finally I was able to go for a consultation. I met with Dr. Guichet and he spent quite some time explaining the procedure, the mechanism and any questions that I had. One of the things he told me was that it’s important to build up my muscles to prepare myself for the surgery as it will help with the lengthening and the recovery. And so I spent a year before my surgery going to the gym and building my muscle mass. I did that for on and off a year and I was able to build quite a bit of muscle which I’m happy about! Anyways fast forward to surgery time. I was finally able to find the time and schedule my surgery. When I arrived to France I had all the blood work with me that Dr. Guichet required and I had 3 cybex tests done—one before my training, one half way during it and one right before the surgery and you can see the progress of my muscle increase on there. You don’t need to do 3 cybex tests but I happened to do 3 because my plans kept getting postponed after I did the cybex. Additionally I had brought with me plenty of DVDs to keep me entertained and of course my laptop. I saw him twice before the surgery, one of which I had to sign some papers. Before my surgery I saw an anesthesia doctor that examined me to make sure I will have no problems with the anesthesia. You actually receive a general anesthesia right before the surgery and an epidermal—the epidermal being first. And that was it, I was all set for the surgery.
I was admitted to the hospital the night before and I had to take a shower with beta dine that night and the next day in the morning right before the surgery. The day of the operation had finally come! I wasn’t nervous at all, even when they came and took me to the operating room. All these years that I had done my research and dreamed of this moment has finally arrived, I was happy!! Once in the surgery room, I passed my Dr. Guichet and he smiled at me and patted my shoulder telling me everything’s going to be great, which reassured me. I was wheeled further into a room where my Dr. Louge-the anesthesia doctor- and another were there. They had me sit up and they gave me the epidermal. For the first time I started feeling a bit nervous, my legs started shaking and I couldn’t control them! After that they laid me down and gave me the general anesthesia, I was out in less than 10 seconds. Next thing I knew I woke up in my room and I remember the nurses putting a shirt on me, it was kind of fuzzy but that day I had absolutely no pain at all. I even had to look at my legs a couple of times to check if they had operated on me or not!! I guess it was all the morphine and medicine that made me feel nothing. That night I was able to sleep for a bit. The next day I woke up feeling alright. At about 8 am a nurse came in gave me my medicine and my breakfast. The nurses there are very nice, even though only one of them spoke English the rest were still very nice and helpful. Later that day Dr. Louge came to check on me, she told me that I took the anesthesia very well and there were no problems at all. Some time later Dr. Guichet came with 2 booklets in his hand. One had descriptions of several exercises which I’m supposed to do everyday and the other was a logbook where I had to write down the number of clicks I do everyday along with the time I did them, the pain I felt if any and how many minutes it took me to perform them. He told me the surgery went well, there was little blood loss and everything was good. He gave me 7 mm during the operation which is equivalent to 105 clicks. He then proceeded to show me the exercises that I was supposed to do and that was the first time I felt pain after the surgery. And I think it was partly because I had just come out of surgery thinking that my legs are the most fragile things in the world and all of a sudden I had someone pushing them all the way to my chest! It was quite scary and painful but I have to admit I was glad he did that because when I went to my hotel I wasn’t scared to stretch them hard coz I knew it is possible to do. After that he showed me how to do a click and then had me do 5 mins of bike. He left after and told me he would pass by the next day. Second day post-op I had very little pain, even though I had a morphine pump right next to me, I barely used it throughout my hospital stay. Dr. Guichet came again and answered my questions, spent some time with me and left. That day I was able to do 30 mins on the bike. On the 3rd day post-op I woke up, had my breakfast and one of the nurses came and changed my dressings. At about 3.00pm I was ready to leave the hospital. Walking on the walker was very tiring. Although I had gone to the gym and built up my leg muscles, I completely didn’t pay any attention to my arms, and so they were hurting since I wasn’t used to carrying my body weight on my arms-which is something I recommend everyone who is doing the surgery to do. Anyways once outside the taxi arrived however it was a van taxi—which leads me to the second point to suggest—make sure u always order a small taxi!!!! Just a regular sized car because the van taxis have high seats and it is very difficult to get up to-I had a hard time getting on that seat. Once I finally arrived to my hotel, again I had a hard time walking since not only my arms hurt but my hands too from all the pressure on them. That day I relaxed for a few hours and started doing my exercises.
My first 2 weeks after surgery were the toughest because it was hard to do simple things such as brush my teeth without feeling like I had to sit down after 2 mins. One of my parents was with me during the first 15 days and it was a big help. At first it was hard lowering myself onto the toilet and once I did I needed someone to help me get up. Also I couldn’t sleep well at night- a lot of the times I found myself staring at the ceiling hoping I would sleep again. You can only sleep on your back at the beginning because it’s not comfortable being on your side, but after some time its fine. However every day gets better and you improve drastically. After 2 weeks I was able to do everything on my own, even cook—but for that I would put a chair next to the stove coz it’s hard to stand up all the time. And from there on life pretty much became a routine. Dr. Guichet gives you an option where for an additional price, you’ll get 4 personal trainers that train with you for 2.5 hours in the morning and 2.5 hours in the afternoon Monday-to Friday and Saturday morning. I did that, so everyday I had someone come to me in the morning and afternoon for 2.5 hours where each session consisted of : 1) bike: I did 15 to 60 mins in one go depending on how I felt, but on average I did an hour and a half of biking a day 2) exercises: I went through one set of exercises with them each time, which took approx 45 mins, sometimes more. Each set included about 8 exercises at first but as time passes you keep adding more since you’re stronger and can do more. 3) Compex/ swimming pool/ walking: at the beginning after the operation, I used to do compex for about the first month and a half. Each time I would do something different, sometimes muscle building, or massage or lymphatic drainage or cappilarization. After, when my scars healed I started swimming in the pool for about 30 mins 3 times a week. And once I started using the crutches, I practiced walking with them with the trainers — eventually I started walking outside on the sidewalk with them for 30 mins a day. If you want the price of training you should ask Dr. Guichet because I know he recently added some things to this ‘plan’ where there’s a nutritionist that helps you with what foods you should eat, according to your body. But the nutritionist was introduced after I was done so I didn’t have her. So each day, I’d wake up at 7 am, do my clicks, wash up, have breakfast and wait for the trainers to come. Once they came I’d ride my bike for about 45 mins, sometimes more and sometimes less. I’d then do my stretching exercises which took about 45 mins and I’d finish off with the compex. For those of you that don’t know, compex is an electrical stimulation machine that works your muscles. You can choose different programs such as muscle building, muscle relaxing…depending on how you feel. I’d finish at around 11.30 and after I’d have my lunch. Then I’d take my medicine at 12 pm and relax. Sometimes I’d watch TV, other times I’d go on the internet or watch my DVDs or even nap. At around 2.30 pm, the other trainer would come and so again I’d bike, do my exercises and do my compex. This is what I pretty much did in the first month post-op. Also in the first month, I’d do additional biking and stretching on my own as I found that helped in reducing or eliminating whatever pain I felt. Doing compex or applying an ice pack also helped with the pain. The pain the first few weeks after surgery is quite manageable, I was surprised coz I expected much more pain that what I felt. You have to know that at the beginning the pain keeps moving from place to place. For example one day it would be on my left lower thigh, the next on my upper right knee The second month was pretty much the same except I reduced my sets of exercises to just 2—which I did when the trainers came. I also started practicing walking in the corridor with my crutches after I’d finish with my compex. Let me just explain that when you first start using crutches you move with them as if you were hopping, so two legs at a time, and later when your muscles are stronger you start to walk one leg in front of the other. At first it was hard because I didn’t know how to use the crutches and it was painful to move my legs since I hadn’t done so in quite a while. So at the beginning my walk was very slow, but bit by bit it got better until I was able to walk properly with them (one leg in front of the other), which was probably in my 3rd month. Also in my 3rd month I started using the swimming pool and I started walking outside on a big sidewalk, which was really nice because it was refreshing to see people and cars and just normal life. I felt it helped stretch my muscles more, keeping my flexibility longer. Also swimming in the pool was good for me because I was able to move my legs in all sorts of directions that I could not do while sitting on my bed. Fortunately I never developed flexion even at the end of my lengthening when I was at 9.4 cm, I had none whatsoever. I feel that the reason for that is because I am a very flexible person, I did gymnastics for many years and my muscles are very elastic. Right after surgery I was able to touch the heel of my leg to my bum and I continued doing that up to 5 cm. Dr. Guichet was very impressed with my flexibility. After that I slowly started losing some flexibility. But about 3 weeks after the end of lengthening I was able to touch the heel of my leg to my bum again!! By then I’d say about 80% of my flexibility was back.
Ratcheting for me was very easy. At the beginning I didn’t know how to click because I was new to it so I wasn’t sure how I was supposed to place my leg but once I got the hang of it, it was very easy. For me Ratcheting remained easy during the whole lengthening phase. It varies between different people but I was one of the ‘luckier’ ones, and apart from a couple of difficult moments, I had no problems at all. Here is a little summary on how many clicks I did post-op. I did my clicks at three intervals, 7am, 3pm and 11pm. During the surgery: I received 105 clicks (which equal 7mm) Week 1: 21 clicks a day (7 at each interval) Week 2-week4: 15 clicks a day Week 5- week 10: 12 clicks a day Week 11- week 12: 10 clicks a day Week 13- week 16: 9 clicks a day
I did 9.4cm in 16 weeks.
The reason why Dr. Guichet kept reducing my clicks is because I wanted to gain a lot of cm’s. I was aiming for 10 cm and to be able to do that you need to reduce your clicks so that your muscles adapt and you can keep going to higher gains. There was a guy that did the surgery one week after me and from the start he just wanted 6 cm and he clicked 15 clicks a day from the beginning until he got his 6cm. Dr. Guichet keeps adjusting the number of clicks you do according to your potential gain and how much your muscles can handle. There is a girl that also did the surgery while I was there and because she had rapid calcification she did 21 clicks a day for 3 weeks, so I guess it depends on your body.
Pain varies a lot. On average the whole experience wasn’t as bad as I had expected it to be. The first 3 weeks there was minimal pain, but again the pain moves- so one day it’s on your right thigh, the next it’s on you left knee, the next it’s on your back thigh so it’s not consistent. But I found that the more gain I did after 4.5 cm the less pain I had. Once I reached 5 cm I had virtually no pain. 6, 7, 8, 9 cm I had NO pain except for the occasional pinch here and there. I asked the trainers about this and they told me that they found that most patients feel most pain between 4-6cm and after that there is barely any pain, even when you go as high as 9 or 10cm.
I have 3 scars on each leg, one next to my knee on the side, and 2 more at the top of my thigh/butt also on the side. The ones at the top are very small and very thin straight lines, about 1.5cm each. The one on my knee is a bit longer, id say about 4-5cm but it is a very thin line. The scars fade and become white after some time. I’m really happy about the scars and I’m a girl!!!!!!
I was unlucky enough to be allergic to the dressing that I used on my scars. It turned out that I’m allergic to the actual glue on the dressing. So I got a rash all over my body and redness around my scars. I treated that fairly quickly but it was definitely a nuisance. Another thing that I had was a hematoma, which is a small internal bruise. I’m not sure why I got it, it could be that I bumped my leg onto something but it hurt for only a day. I did an ultrasound and it turned out to be a small one thankfully. Other than that I had no complications. My back did bend in slightly which is normal with LL but 3 weeks after the end of lengthening it had straightened up to almost just like before surgery.
So I figure some of you would want to know how long after the surgery I started doing certain things and I’m going to try and remember as best as I can. Day 0 – operation Day 1 – started using my walker, started doing the bike and began my daily exercises Week 5 – started practicing walking on my crutches in the corridor Week 8- started actually using my crutches whenever I left my room, whether it was to go for a walk or to go to Dr. Guichet but I have to admit I was one of the ‘later’ ones. The guy that did the operation one week after me started using crutches 3 weeks BEFORE me!!!!!!!! I personally was too scared to start early, I preferred to wait a bit longer until I was very comfortable with using them, even though Dr. Guichet himself was telling me to start using them a couple of weeks earlier. Week 17 – started practicing walking with no crutches or anything in the corridor. Month 6 – I would use one crutch when I went grocery shopping or wherever. Sometimes I would walk with nothing but I’d have to sit down after 10 mins because my back would start to hurt. Month 7 – I stopped using crutches at all and started walking everywhere with no support. But I had a noticeable wobble Month 8 – my wobble became less noticeable Month 9 – my wobble is almost gone, not many people can notice it other than myself And every month after my wobble would become less and less until it went away. During my time in Marseille, I was able to shop, go to the beach, watch a ballet and go to several restaurants, I’m not sure there are many other methods that will let you do that. I truly believe this is the best and safest method of LL for this type of procedure. This is pretty much the summary of my experience as best as I can remember it. I have not mentioned certain aspects of the surgery such as costs or excuses I came up with to leave my country for so long, and I would appreciate if you people don’t ask me such questions. I’m trying to be informative about the surgery itself and not any other external issue. Everything else you can pretty much get off this forum. And now all I can say is that I’m verrrrrrrry happy to have done this. I have been dreaming about this for yearsss and finally I got to do it and do it well. I feel my results wouldn’t be as good as they were had I chose another method, but from the start I had my mind set on albizza. I feel that Dr. Guichet is an excellent doctor that knows exactly what he’s doing—he invented this method!!! So he definitely knows his stuff—and knows it well. He used to monitor my progress every single week and gave me his cell phone in case I ever needed to call him. He has this method perfected, with recovery times shorter than other procedures. He is a genius and I am very grateful to him. Anyways I know this is a long post, but I just wanted to give back to the community that I learnt so much from and hopefully people will find my experience useful to them.
How my dreamed 8 extra cm came true.
Lengthening (2 femurs) of a 19 y/o woman
I biked the next day.
My name is Aurore Callewaert, I was 19 years old when I did the surgery. I had a lengthening of the two legs. Before, I was 1.42m (4′ 7⅞”). In addition to the regular jokes throughout my education, I also suffered everyday from my height. After 4 hours of surgery, I woke up in good shape, with the strong will to start rehab. My wish was accomplished the next day when I biked at home. My dream of getting those 8 extra cm was getting true. The intensive rehab allowed me to reach this objective.
Second picture: Aurore, in the center Third picture: flexibility fully recovered…
It was my dream and Dr. Guichet made it happen.
33 years woman with 2 kids, gained +60 MM (223⁄64in) w/ multiple discrepancies all corrected
I always had trust in Dr. Guichet’s excellence. I had a good result and now am truly happy with my life.
I am 33, married with 2 childrens. I had a severe road injury which shortened one of my legs. During 14 years I have been suffering from this discrepancy. In 2001 I met with Dr. Guichet and we started together my spectacular metamorphosis! No one would have expected that it was possible to grow taller at 33 years old. After an hour long consultation, the news was not so great:
- One leg shorter than the other
- My femur and thibias axises are badly aligned.
- I had a Genu Varum.
Dr. Guichet, unlike any other doctors I’ve met found a solution. He explained me thoroughly how he will fix each of these problems. I started preparing for the surgeries with my kinesiologist in order to increase my muscular strength. Because of my pathologies, doctor Guichet performed three surgeries. Each one complementing the previous one. My last surgery, and the summit of my transformation required me to grow 6 cm, after having corrected perfectly my leg’s axis. I grew 1 mm per day. Spring arrived, with its blossoms, birds singing and the blue sky. I was fully done with the procedure in may. I always had trust in Dr. Guichet’s excellence. I had a good result and now am truly happy with my life. It was my dream and Dr. Guichet made it happen.
I biked 20 min after surgery.
Unilateral Lengthening of a 31 y/o man, +60 m (223⁄64“)
This is it. I am taking the train back to Nice from Marseille. My leg is slightly sore but nothing to worry about… It’s true that Dr. Guichet removed my nailed yesterday. I pulling my computer off its sleeve to explain you why I decided to do the surgery and how it went. It’s really hard to find trustable info on the web since each doctor claim that they are the best and all the comments say the opposite. To begin with, in 1990 I got a serious fracture while skateboarding. Damaging my bone and reducing its growth.
The surgery went very well. With the drugs prescribed, the pain was tolerable. When I woke up Dr. Guichet explained me how it went. I then did 20 min of bike on the same day of surgery!
The racketing isn’t painful if you manage to be perfectly muscularly relaxed. I did 7 rackets, 3 time per day (+1.5mm/day).
It is essential to perfectly follow the training procedures. The procedure is intensive, extremely well through and requires a lot of motivation. There was a pool in my hotel in which I swam in daily. Since I only lengthened one my legs also I managed to take the bus and go to the Prado beach in Marseille. I stayed in Marseille for 1.5 month. When I went home, during the summer, I kept training at my own pace. 6 month after the surgery I went back to all my favorite sports (Running, Skateboarding, Mountain Biking without any difficulty).
I must admit it is hard to find trustable infos on the web – this is why I decided to share my story. Throughout the surgery everything went well. The result is amazing, I couldn’t have expected more. I also learned a lot about myself. I would like to thank Dr. Guichet for the quality of his work and his work ethic.
My 18cm with 2 surgeries.
Billateral lengthening of a 17 y/o woman from 1.33m (4′ 4⅜”) to 1.50m (4′ 11″).
Will I ever be able to grow ? I am now 20. At 17 I was 1.33m (4′ 4⅜”) . I am now 1.50m (4′ 11″) and gained 17mm (611⁄16in).
I gained a first time 7.7 cm and was really happy. I still wanted to get much taller and though of another surgery for the next year.
My second surgery was nothing like the first one. I had almost no pain and managed to live without any pain killers. The procedure went very well and after 1500 rackets I gained another 10 cm.
I was really motivated and couldn’t have made it without it.
Overall I am really happy with the surgery and the surgeon Dr. Guichet.
If ever you are in despair because of your height, I hope you will find in this comment a message of hope!