Some people have a hard time losing weight, so they will turn to weight loss surgery. The most common weight loss surgery is having your stomach stapled to a smaller sized or having a band put in to constrict the size of the stomach. Now there is a new controversial surgery that is being used but it is not for the faint of heart.
Surgeons are now placing a mesh that is normally used for hernia repairs on the tongue and stitching it in place. This makes eating solid food an extremely painful ordeal and sometimes makes it impossible. Marlene Beltran and Lysander Lanuza are undergoing this experimental surgery and are hoping to lose 20 pounds in a month. Lanuza is hoping to be in a bikini by the time she goes to Hawaii. She says that she eats too much food because she loves it. Beltran says she gets intense cravings for junk food in the middle of the night which has happened since she was a teen. She is only 20 and is hoping to look like she did when she was 16 and hopes to find a man out of the ordeal.
Dr. Nikolas Chugay was the doctor who introduced this surgical procedure to the US four years ago after seeing it done down in Latin America. The procedure only takes about 10 minutes and costs $2,000. He says the average weight loss is 18-20 pounds. The patch comes off after 30 days. Dr. Chugay states that he has not seen infections or risks so far.
Lanuza will be his 81st patient and will be restricted to a very strict diet of 800 calories a day from juice and broths. Lanuza says that she is terrified of eating solid food because of the pain.
The procedure has many critics who bring up the point that those who lose that much weight so quickly often gain it back just as quickly. Once the patch comes out a month later, what is to stop them from going back to their old ways?