As obesity rates around the world soars, demand for gastric band surgery has never been higher. The success stories of people in the public eye have encouraged thousands to follow in their footsteps.
The Surgical Gastric Band operation involves placing a band around the top region of the stomach. The band creates a small pouch at the top of the stomach that can hold approximately 1⁄2 a cup of food (rather than the normal 6 cups). When this pouch is full, it sends a message to the brain that the entire stomach is full. Therefore the patient is hungry less often, feels full more quickly and for a longer period of time, eats smaller portions, and loses weight over time.
The fitting of a Surgical Gastric Band results in most patients achieving a steady ongoing weight loss until they reach their target weight, as agreed with their surgeon.
The Hypnotic Gastric Band is intended for people who have stones rather than just pounds to lose. Anyone who is overweight by 2 stone or more may want to consider the hypnotic gastric band. The Surgical Gastric Band is generally reserved for those people with a BMI of 35 or over. If you have less weight to lose you may consider other methods of hypnotherapy with less dramatic results.
The gastric band procedure is not always appropriate for everyone; it is usually limited to those with the highest BMI and not is suitable for some people due to the anaesthetic risks.
Some people may be put off due to a fear of hospitals or the length of time it may take to recover. On top of this it can be complicated and risky and often leads to discomfort and many unpleasant and painful side effects.
Over 80% of patients will experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Nausea and vomiting (50%)
- Reflux or regurgitation of food (35%)
- Slipped band (25%)
- Obstruction or blockage (15%)
- Difficulty swallowing
Additionally, there is the price – to have a Surgical Gastric Band fitted can cost around £8,000 (price correct at time of writing) and does not offer a miracle solution – lifestyle changes must be made to reap the full benefits.
Having an imaginary gastric band fitted during hypnosis is an ingenious way to help overweight people shed the pounds without undergoing any of these dangerous and expensive surgical procedures.
The Hypnotic Mind Band is designed to create a different relationship with food, and maybe alcohol as well; so that you eat much smaller portions and enjoy a generally healthier diet.
Just as having a traditional Gastric Band surgically fitted is not a quick fix, nor a miracle cure, neither is the Hypnotic Gastric Band: as with both procedures, a number of life changes are required.
The success stories of having a hypnotic gastric band have been well documented with a reported success rate of 80 per cent, which is higher than actually having the surgical procedure which only works for 70 per cent of people.
If you are not losing weight at the desired rate, your virtual gastric band can be tightened in a subsequent session. You may also want to have your virtual gastric band loosened so you don’t enter the underweight category.
Your treatment will be taylor-made, based on the information gathered at the initial consultation. Your treatment will then be paced to suit your unique circumstances so together we can achieve your long term goals.
New evidence suggests that a third of patients who have undergone the actual gastric band surgery will regain the weight that they have lost within five years because they have not learned to deal with their emotional hunger.
As one patient put it: “Losing the weight is the easy part, it’s changing your life-style and keeping it off that’s hard”.
This is where I come in, by using evidence based CBT techniques to give you a much better chance to succeed.