Height Lengthening Institute

Dr. Shahab Mahboubian and his team at the Height Lengthening Institute treat orthopedic injuries, neck and back pain issues, foot and hand injuries, and lower extremity deformities such as bowlegs, knock-knees and leg-length discrepancies. They also offer joint replacement surgery and cosmetic height lengthening. Dr. Mahboubian trained at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and opened his practice 10 years ago.


What’s the fascination about being taller?

“More than 60% of CEOs in the top companies of America are 6 feet or taller. People who are taller have higher salaries than most, more confidence and enjoy better relationships. It’s no wonder that we get many inquiries about the height-lengthening procedure.”


What drew you to this industry in the first place?

“The human body and helping those with musculoskeletal injuries was a passion of mine since a very young age. Toward the end of my orthopedic residency, I learned about making people taller and correcting their deformities—and I found it fascinating. I was determined that this specialty would truly fulfill my desire to help those in need. We not only make people taller or help them walk normally, but we increase our patients’ confidence and help them achieve their lifelong goals.”


How has your practice adapted to what is needed during the COVID-19 pandemic?

“This pandemic has really brought out the best in our staff. As soon as the stay-at-home order went into effect, we quickly looked at our options of how to continue providing orthopedic care to the community. Using telemedicine, strict safety guidelines and social distancing, we were able to stay open and serve our patients’ needs throughout the shutdown. We are proud to say that we were the first orthopedic office in North Hollywood to start performing elective surgeries by staying in constant contact with our patients and our surgical facilities.”


Do you always recommend surgery?

“We provide our patients with adequate time and real-life illustrations so they can properly understand the severity of their condition. Usually a conservative care approach is initiated for the injury or condition before deciding on the need for surgery. Most patients have a fear of surgery, and we understand that it should be a last option.”


What’s most rewarding about your work?

“I have been fortunate enough to learn from some of the best surgeons in the country, and I keep myself updated on all the latest techniques in orthopedic surgery. This leads to excellent results and rewarding outcomes for my patients.”