What is a Virtual Gastric Band? EXPLAINED

What is Gastric Band Surgery? 

Gastric band surgery is a common type of weight-loss (bariatric) surgery for people who are very overweight or severely obese. It involves putting an adjustable band around the top part of your stomach, so you can’t eat as much.

A gastric band is placed around your upper stomach to create a small pouch of stomach above the band, with most of the stomach lying below the band.

You can still drink liquids and eat small amounts of food. But you can’t eat lots of food in one go and it will make you feel sick. When you eat, the small pouch fills up quickly, so you feel full earlier than normal and for longer. This means you eat less, eat more slowly and therefore helping you to lose weight within a short period of time.

Your surgeon can tighten or loosen your gastric band by injecting liquid into it through a port which sits just under the skin of your stomach. This will affect how quickly food passes from the pouch into the lower part of your stomach which helps you loose weight at a good speed.

Moreover, how well gastric band surgery works depends on how well you’re able to follow a healthy lifestyle after the operation. You will need to change your eating habits and be more active for it to have a long-term effect on your body. You also need to be careful with high-calorie drinks including alcohol because these can still pass through your gastric band and isn't good for you.

The surgery is intense and does have side effects, it can also pose dangerous health risks and even death. So it is important to know your options and analyse the risks associated with the physical surgery. There however is an alternative, the Virtual Gastric Band option via hypnosis. 

Here is everything you need to know about Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis...

So, in a nutshell, gastric band hypnotherapy is a technique used to help you lose weight. Using this technique, a hypnotherapist will suggest to your subconscious that you have had a gastric band fitted around your stomach. It is a non-invasive safe alternative to actual weight loss surgery as a hypnotic gastric band can have many of the positive effects, without the potential side effects.

Research has shown that patients undergoing a physical gastric band can have a number of complications in the months and years following surgery, including the risk of the band slipping or eroding so this makes a virtual band a safer and more popular alternative. 



How does it work? 

You'd be surprised just how easy it can be using hypnotherapy. With hypnosis you didn't need the surgery at all. Imagine if you could imitate the effect of the Gastric Band surgery without actually undergoing the actual physical procedure. 

Using different relaxation techniques and tones of the voice a hypnotherapist will put you into a state of hypnosis. In this relaxed state, your subconscious is more open to the suggestion. With gastric band hypnotherapy, this suggestion is that you’ve had a physical band fitted.

The mind is a powerful tool, therefore if your subconscious accepts these suggestions, your behaviour will change and other suggestions such as confidence and behaviour towards the band will be made to help you commit to this change in lifestyle.

Educating yourself on nutrition and exercise is often advised as well, to promote physical health and encourage weight loss. 

The procedure itself is designed to mimic a physical gastric band surgery, to help your subconscious believe it has really happened. To make the experience more authentic, many hypnotherapists will incorporate the sounds and smells of an operating theatre so you will believe you are actually there in the operating theatre. You will be aware of what is happening and will be in control at all times.

Once you are in a hypnotic state, the therapist will talk you through the 'operation'. They will explain step-by-step what happens in surgery, from being put under the anaesthetic, to the first incision, fitting the band itself and stitching up the cut. The sounds and smells of an operating theatre will enhance the experience, to persuade your subconscious that what’s being said is really happening to you.

The procedure is a pleasant and relaxing experience with fantastic results for weight loss management and changing peoples lives. 

After the 'surgery' you feel feel fuller faster and not overeat, you will have more control about what you eat, feel physically and mentally better. Whatever your situation is, it is important to remember you have options and a solution.

Other benefits to Hypnotic Gastric Band therapy over surgery:

  • No scary procedure under anaesthesia
  • Very relaxing 
  • No hospital appointments
  • It can be done at home
  • No post-surgery effects
  • No strict fluids-only diet afterwards
  • 95% success rate
  • It costs a fraction of the price
  • Flexible. You can use the sessions in your time
  • Accessible. In the comfort of your home, in bed or on your sofa
  • Easy To Use. On your mobile phone or computer 

“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day-in and day-out.” – Robert Collier

For more infromation regarding our Hypnotic Gastric band session and in order to get started with your journey, click the link below. 

Hypnotic Gastric Band 3 Week Programme - ClearMinds Hypnotherapy




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