Gastric Band Hypnosis is a relatively new technique in the war against obesity. The procedure uses clinical hypnosis to guide a patient through what would happen if the patient were receiving the traditional procedure.
The patient is prepped as if going into surgery, is then wheeled into a real operating room on a gurney, complete with overhead lights, doctors and nurses with masks and gloves on, and even an anesthesiologist present. The hypnotist guides the patient mentally through the entire procedure.
How Does Gastric Band Hypnosis Work?
Listen as Steve Unsworth, hypnotic consultant with over 19 years experience in the field of hypnosis, explains how Gastric Band hypnosis work.
Does Gastric Band Hypnosis Really Work?
Since Gastric Band Hypnotherapy is relatively new, there is not much in the way of statistics as to its success or failure rate. Although hypnosis has been effective for many other uses, such as concentration and even sports performance, it is yet to be determined how powerful it is in the long run for obesity patients undergoing gastric band hypnotherapy.
With the increased popularity of gastric band hypnotherapy in the U.K., new clinical trials will likely follow soon. Until that time, it would probably be most effective for those who would respond to hypnosis in general.
Gastric Band Hypnotherapy Helps Obesity Patients to Believe Their Stomachs are Smaller and to Eat Smaller Portions
While there are many general hypnotists out there, the hypnotists doing gastric band hypnosis are very familiar with both medicine and what would take place during a traditional gastric banding procedure.
After the hypnosis, the patients not only feel that they have a smaller stomach, but are able to eat much less. This in general causes a body to lose weight, so it is likely gastric band hypnosis would be successful. The feeling of a smaller stomach and getting full faster are the same results that a person who has had the traditional surgery would have.
Hypnosis has been an effective tool in other types of medical situations such as: irritable bowel syndrome, depression, cessation of smoking and insomnia, to name a few.
When a person begins to lose weight and feel better, it is easier for them to move around. They experience less knee pain, and also lower their risks for diabetes, high blood pressure, and even sleep apnea. This can cause a person to have a better self image and be more emotionally energized about losing even more weight.
Gastric Band Hypnosis Benefits – A Safer Alternative to Surgery
Zero Recovery Time
Traditional surgery, even the laparoscopic kind, will have a time frame for recovery. Recovery lasting anywhere from a couple of days to weeks is normal for some types of weight loss surgery. People who choose to undergo gastric banding hypnosis suffer none of the traditional side effects of surgery.
During traditional surgeries there is always the chance of a person dying. Although it is rare in weight loss surgeries, it is always a possibility. There is also the possibility of an infection developing, as well as the time needed for the body to recover.
Gastric band hypnosis is safer from a physical viewpoint. There is no chance of complications from surgery, as well as no chance of any type of infection. The medical community is constantly looking for ways to help a person increase their level of health. Newer and less invasive methods for weight control will be developed over time, however, a person and their doctor need to decide which one is best for them.