Mental lap band offers alternative to surgery

Mental lap band offers alternative to surgery

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by KING 5 HealthLink

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Posted on April 5, 2011 at 9:46 AM

Using a special hypnosis technique, therapist Andrea Crouch has been working with client Diane Marie to help her stop overeating.

"Eat only the appropriate amounts for the small stomach you now have," instructed Crouch.

This is a demonstration of Hypno-band.

On her headset, Diane hears operating room noises.

Meanwhile she visualizes having the real thing placed around her stomach.

"I'm walking through the steps of what's going on in that environment," said Crouch.  "Now your doctor is speaking to you. Now the doctor is putting on the band. Now you are starting to feel a slight tightness in the stomach area."

"I had not heard of this." Says Dr. Keith Kim, a bariatric surgeon. He's skeptical about the Hypno-band.

"If we're aiming for lifelong control of obesity and the diseases associated with it, it's hard for me to believe that hypnotherapy can be sustained."

It's only been three months for Diane Marie, so that's not long term, but at this point she's a believer and feels as if an actual band is in place.

"I can actually feel that," she said. "It's like a very small part of my stomach and when that's full there's nowhere else to put it."

She's been eating six smaller, healthier meals a day and so far, has lost 21 pounds.

Andrea Crouch believes in most cases it's more than just about stomach size, she also focuses on emotional eating.

"Hypno-band is only successful if you use trigger and angers that are going to remind the client that they have to pay attention to how they're also feeling because I'm angry, upset, or emotional I don't know how to handle that what am I going to do? I'm going to continue to eat and say forget the band."

Whether it's surgery or simulation, doctors and therapists agree, the band is just a tool.

It usually doesn't work alone without nutrition advice and counseling.

The approach goes by different names: Hypno-band and Gastric Mind Band. We found the cost to range from $750- to $2000. By comparison, Lap-Band surgery can run more than $12,000, but often  is covered by insurance.  

http://www.mindmotivations.com/find-a-hypnotherapist/america
http://www.gmbandusa.com/therapists.html

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