Gastric Band surgery has been featured in the press again this week with NHS psychiatrist and Daily Mail columnist Dr Max Pemberton asking the question that "although gastric band surgeries in the UK are on the rise are they really the answer to obesity?"
Patients commonly believe that a gastric band is a quick fix, a magic wand that means that they will lose weight effortlessly without having to make lifestyle changes. But of course this is a long way from the truth!
All bariatric surgery brings with it a substantial risk of malnutrition (a potentially life threatening complication), the possibility of surgical complications and the need to take mineral and vitamin supplements for life to avoid developing nutritional deficiencies.
But perhaps the biggest issue with gastric band surgery is that it fails to consider the psychological reasons as to why a person overeats in the first place.
This means that although most patients will initially lose a substantial amount of weight, as many as 20% will sabotage their weight loss by snacking excessively or liquidizing high fat or calorific junk foods leading to weight gain. This is because in reality when you remove a person’s psychological crutch (food) they will seek solace in something else. This is further backed up by studies which show that there is a worrying 50% increase in alcohol and drug addiction following bariatric surgery and even more concerning is that there is an increased risk of suicide. It is thought that this is due in part to the increased pressure of maintaining rigid lifestyle and dietary changes after surgery. When you consider all these factors bariatric surgery no longer seems like such an easy option. So what is the answer?
Gastric Band Hypnosis is the process of convincing the mind that a gastric band operation has been performed even though no actual surgery has taken place. This results in the individual believing that they are unable to eat the usual quantities of food that they are used to and so losing weight.
So why does gastric band hypnosis work where ‘real’ gastric band surgery fails. Well as part of the Hypno-Band gastric band hypnotherapy process, we address the reasons as to why you overeat in the first place using a combination cognitive behavioural and hypnotherapeutic techniques. This allows us to challenge the unhelpful beliefs that lead to overeating and enables the individual to develop healthier coping strategies and lifestyle changes meaning that weight loss is a long term solution instead of a quick fix. By addressing the emotional triggers that lead to the binge eating cycle, the cycle is broken once and for all resulting in lasting change and a new and healthier relationship with food.
For more information on the Hypno-Band gastric band hypnosis system or to book your appointment please get in touch.