I recently came across an article that talked about a new and possibly growing fad in weight loss. People are now getting tongue patch surgery – patches of plastic sewn onto their tongues so that they will not be able to eat.
These patches make it extremely painful for anything to rub up against the tongue so it’s not that eating simply becomes difficult, it’s that it becomes excruciatingly painful.
These patches are kept the mouth for up to 30 days, and patients who take part in the surgery are promised that they can lose up to 30 pounds in one month. These patients are put on a liquid only diet which gives them around 800 calories per day to live on.
So this is another gimmick that promises results with little action on the part of the individual. Typical weight loss surgery (which is done on the stomach) already promises, restricted eating through some sort of physical discomfort. If someone who has had typical weight loss surgery tries to eat too much they can have many adverse reactions. However, this new weight loss surgery takes it to a new level by causing the very act of eating to be to painful.
Apparently the surgery is only being done in California by Dr. Nikolas Chugay. It was popular in South America and of course is now moved its way to the United States. Here is what Dr. Chugay had to say to some of the opponents of this surgery:
This procedure is not the solution to the person’s problems but a way in which we can create a pattern to interrupt and help that patient get back on course.
This doctor does have a point about breaking unhealthy habits or physical addictions through this type of method. As you see there are many cases where someone with a physical addiction is first treated by this type of shock therapy, wherein they are completely removed from the item to which they are addicted for a period of time and they go through all of the withdrawal symptoms immediately.
However, in these cases, unless there was work done to overcome the mental and emotional aspects of the addiction, the patient usually returns to their addictive behaviors within a short period of time.
Unfortunately this surgery is not without its risks. Dr. Richard Chaffoo, who is another plastic surgeon from California had this to say regarding the procedure:
With any kind of thing you put in there and suture into the tongue, you run the risk of getting an infection. You’re going to be drooling a lot, it’s going to be really painful. Anything that’s in there that shouldn’t be there [i]s going to rub the surface raw. You could get an ulcer, an infection. It could dislodge and go down your throat and cause an airway obstruction.
The reason why be the patches can only be kept in for 30 days is that after 30 days your tongue could actually grow over and onto them.
So it would seem as though this is a case where the more traditional methods of dealing with food addiction and general weight loss should be taken instead of sewing patches on your tongue that makes it too painful to eat; or even getting your jaw sewn shut.
These things are all too dangerous and in the end they’re no substitute for be active and eating a sensible diet which will provide you with enough energy to carry out your daily activities.
In the end for the majority of people trying to lose weight a caloric deficit is all that is needed.
photo taken from drchugay.com
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