Are you one of those people who wish for a quick fix? And if you can have your eyes closed and be asleep to the process so that you are fixed without having to experience the fixing, then — even better! You’ll go for it! A quick fix for obesity is ‘bariatric surgery’ or weight-loss surgery. It is seen as a last-resort way of tackling the epidemic of obesity across the world. Yes, your eyes are closed. Yes, you are asleep. Yes, it can be effective. And yes, there are risks.
Ian Martin, co-author of a report by the charity, National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) states that too often patients are not being properly informed of the risks of gastric band and gastric bypass surgery.
Celebrities in ‘Now’, ‘Hello’, and I’m ‘Okay’
Celebrities seem to recover fast. They make the surgery look like an easy and sure-footed snip and tuck — but gastric band surgery is actually a major operation!
What is bariatric surgery?
Weight loss is achieved by reducing the size of the stomach with an implanted medical device (gastric banding) or through removal of a portion of the stomach (sleeve gastrectomy or biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch) or by resecting and re-routing the small intestines to a small stomach pouch (gastric bypass surgery).
Almost a fifth of patients have to be re-admitted to hospital because of complications. Seven per cent require a second operation to sort out problems. Occasionally a patient dies.
Ian Martin, co-author of the study, said firms that sell bariatric surgery, for around £5000 a pop — can stress the benefits, but do not balance them with some of the risks. Martin says, “They are suggesting these operations are a quick fix rather than part of a long-term commitment to a healthier lifestyle.”
When and if you choose to go the gastric band route you need psychological counselling to support you in creating and maintaining your commitment to this healthier life-style. If and when you elect to undergo bariatric surgery, hypnotherapy can provide the missing link to help you manage the huge psychological transition that will be involved.
Interactive hypnotherapy offers you regular continuing support
Psychological counselling is very important, both throughout, and especially following, the operation. Only 29 per cent of people, the report says, get psychological counselling and support.
You are mentally a new fit!
When you lose weight it is a pleasure to go out and buy new clothes. But, mentally you also need a new ‘outfit’ for your psyche. Why? Because the two perspectives — how you perceive yourself , versus how others perceive you — can be two very differently sized mental outfits! Your old clothes will be baggy and hang off you. It is very important when your old clothes hang off, that you nevertheless hang on to who you are and maintain a healthy psychological mix of mental growth and balance.
You are physically a different person
After the surgery, other people will see you differently, and are going to respond to you differently. Naturally you are more attractive and desirable, and healthily so. You need to develop your self-esteem, your self-respect, and your self-confidence, all of which have been under par and very, very low during your years of obesity.
Remember, the old you would habitually fill up with too much food ‘to feel better’.
The old you, mentally and psychologically is still in there!
The old you has to change in order for the gastric band to continue to work for you in the way you intended, which is to maintain a healthy weight. So you now need to let go of the psychological weight. Yes, the physical weight has dramatically left the body —overnight, it seems! The psychological weight is a potential monster, which can continue to crave more food.
You now need to fill up with Self Love and Self Esteem
With interactive hypnotherapy you can access those parts of you from the past that felt hungry for love, for attention, and for good verbal strokes. It’s true, you cannot go back and change the past, but you can go back and gain another perspective on the past, and so begin to ‘feed yourself’ with Love and Self-Esteem.
Valuing yourself is crucial to continuing success after gastric band surgery
When you are filled-up with loving, supportive, and emotionally nutritional qualities, and words and phrases that offer psychic sustenance, then you can achieve long-term success.
Self-love, self-esteem, self-respect, and self-confidence are key to maintaining your success, and especially your success as a person who is in a state of balance and is at peace with yourself and your world.
We all want that missing peace. Interactive hypnotherapy is a wonderful way to achieve ongoing, and lasting, self-maintenance.