Bariatric surgery or hypnosis: a new way to lose the weight

From cutting meals to going under the knife, there are lots of ways for folks to lose weight. And while some weight loss programs are successful, many are not, but one couple says they fooled their brains into thinking they had bariatric surgery and managed to shed the pounds.

Every year, 200,000 Americans undergo the stapling, banding, and removing of parts of their stomachs in an effort to beat the bulge.

Roy May is a gastric bypass hypnosis patient who said he tried every diet in the world but never saw results. So Roy, and his wife Sue, spent about $1,200 each on something they believed to be just as effective—hypnosis.

Rena Greenberg hypnotized the couple into thinking they had gastric bypass surgery, "So I'm actually guiding them through the experience as if it were actually happening. Going to a hospital, meeting the nurse, having the anesthesia."

A process which Sue says, "Definitely for me it's been a miracle." A miracle which translates into a combined 160 pounds lost between the two.

"It has changed our life completely,” said Roy.

But bariatric surgeon, Dr. Ernest Rehnke of Palms of Pasadena Hospital isn’t buying into it. "But these people that are morbidly obese or have weight that is killing them, they need to have something done."

Dr. Rehnke says only surgery can physically shrink the stomach and reduce the amount of food that can be consumed. It works for 80-percent of his patients, making the doctor skeptical of the non-surgical alternative.

"It's not going to work long term, you know, for them. They are going to end up reverting, you know, back to their habits of eating a little bit more, a little bit more,” said Rehnke.

For Roy and Sue, hypnosis seems to have worked and helped them keep the weight off for more than a year. The question remains, how long will the hypno-surgery’s effect really last.

There are no studies on the effectiveness of Greenberg’s hypno-surgery, only her figures and patient testimonies. There is a new report about bariatric surgery: noting that it can reduce the risk of diabetes and heart disease, but found that it does not cut long-term healthcare costs. The six-year study revealed patients spent more money on hospital stays due to complications than they did on obesity-related illnesses.

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BACKGROUND: Weight-loss surgeries make changes to your digestive system to help you lose weight by limiting how much you can eat or by reducing the absorption of nutrients, or both. They are done when diet and exercise haven't worked or when you have serious health problems because of your weight. (SOURCE:

SURGICAL PROCEDURES: Weight loss is usually 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). (SOURCE:

WHY IS IT DONE: Weight loss surgeries are done to reduce the risk of potentially life-threatening weight-related health problems, such as:

* Heart disease
* High blood pressure
* Type 2 diabetes

Gastric bypass and other weight-loss surgeries are typically done only after you've tried to lose weight by improving your diet and exercise habits. (SOURCE:

RISKS: As with any major surgery, gastric bypass and other weight-loss surgeries pose potential health risks, both in the short term and long term. Some of these risks include:

* Blood clots
* Leaks in your gastrointestinal system
* Death (rare)

GASTRIC BYPASS HYPNOSIS: Weight loss surgery is very expensive, but hypnotherapist claim their hypnosis sessions can provide similar weight loss results for a lot less money. The idea of losing weight through hypnosis has been around for decades, but now some hypnotherapists are offering "gastric bypass hypnosis," also called "lap band hypnosis." This "procedure" is done to "reprogram" the minds of patients to believe their stomachs are actually smaller, making them incapable of eating large meals without feeling uncomfortably full. SOURCE:

? For More Information, Contact:

Ernest C. Rehnke, M.D., F.A.C.S.
(727) 344-0640

Rena Greenberg
Hypnotherapist & Author
(800) 848-2822

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