All answers pertain only to myself. Opinions are strictly my own. No information or content on this website is to be taken as implicit or explicit advice. Please contact a medical professional specialized in dwarfism and limb lengthening for guidance.

Where are you from?
– Little Rock, Arkansas.

What type of dwarfism do you have?
– Achondroplasia.

How old were you when you had your first surgery?
– 16.

How tall were you before having any surgeries?
– 3’10”

How tall are you now?
– 4’11”

How many lengthening surgeries did you have?
– 3

Did you lengthen your arms?
– Yes.

How long did each lengthening take?
– about 7-8 months –– give or take.

Where did you have your surgeries?
Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

Who is your surgeon?
Shawn Standard*

Did insurance cover your surgery?
– Yes.

If you could do it all over again would you do it differently?
– No, having my surgery when I did why I who I am today. I do wish I had started at a younger age but don’t regret my decision one bit.


Send me your questions or ask in comments below! ☺

*Dr. Standard hosts an online chat on Thursday nights to discuss limb lengthening for skeletal dysplasias (achondroplasia) and limb length discrepancies. Contact me for more info.


  1. In your “before” pictures, your legs look like they might cause you pain. Has that resolved with the surgery or was the procedure more cosmetic?

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