Losing excess weight before orthopaedic surgery helps increase the likelihood of a successful outcome. But how can you shed those pounds before going under the knife?
Did you know that hypnotherapy is an excellent way to help you lose weight safely and effectively in preparation for orthopaedic surgery?
Knee and hip pain are serious and debilitating problems for many people, and every year over 200,000 people in the UK undergo orthopaedic surgery. Many of those operations are for hip and knee replacements, with an increasing number of those operations also being for people under 60. If you are scheduled for orthopaedic surgery and are carrying some extra pounds, you may find that your doctor asks you to try losing weight before going under the knife.
Why is it important to lose weight before an operation?
There are a number of reasons why it’s a good idea to try and shed any excess weight before undergoing orthopaedic surgery. All operations carry risks – including infection, post-operative complications, and the risks associated with going under general anaesthetic – and those risks increase if you’re overweight or obese. Your weight can also have an impact on how quickly you recover after surgery. A new joint can be put under excess stress because of those extra pounds, which is why patients who are a healthy weight tend to recover more quickly, regaining their mobility in a shorter space of time, which means that they’re soon able to return to their normal life.
Looked at this way, losing weight before surgery seems like a no-brainer. However, while it may be easy to understand why you should lose weight, actually putting it into practice is often a lot more difficult.
A new approach to weight loss
Eating fewer calories and exercising more is the standard advice given to people trying to lose weight. However, this isn’t always effective on its own, particularly if you have a joint problem which has a negative impact on your mobility, making it difficult to get the recommended amount of exercise.
If conventional diets are not working for you and you’re struggling to shift the weight, you might want to consider an alternative approach.
A relative newcomer to the dieting industry, hypnotherapy has shown itself to be an effective solution for some people who are trying to achieve meaningful weight loss before orthopaedic surgery.
Combining hypnotherapy with traditional counselling approaches, weight loss hypnotherapy aims to harness the power of the client’s mind and train them to literally think themselves thin. Visualisation is a powerful tool that can have an actual physiological impact on the body, and it is a key component of this kind of treatment. Clients are walked through a range of visualisation techniques which are designed to help recalibrate the body’s digestion signals and, in some cases, can even be used to convince the mind that a gastric band has been fitted.
Resolving any underlying issues
Along with visualisation and hypnosis, clients also participate in talking therapies and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with the aim of identifying and resolving any underlying problems or issues that could be hampering their efforts to lose weight.
Unlike many fads or ‘quick fix’ diets, hypnotherapy for weight loss can help you to lose weight and keep it off in the longer term, particularly if you choose a provider that offers nutrition and diet advice, and follow-up support alongside the hypnotherapy treatment.
By taking a psychological rather than physical approach to weight loss issues, this type of hypnotherapy empowers you to take control of the situation, achieve your weight loss goals, and make permanent, healthy changes to your lifestyle.
And by achieving a healthier weight, you can increase your chances of a successful surgery, a speedy recovery, and a post-operative life free from debilitating joint pain.
This article is provided by GM Band, experts in non-Surgical Permanent Weight Loss Solutions which help people lose weight effectively through Hypnotherapy, as a favourable non-surgical alternative, at a fraction of the cost of gastric band surgery.