Virtual reality for improving body image disorders and weight loss after gastric band surgery: A case series

Georgina Cárdenas-López, Gonzalo Torres-Villalobos, Perla Martinez, Vanessa Carreño, Ximena Duran, Antonios Dakanalis, Andrea Gaggioli, Giuseppe Riva

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Abstract

Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAGB) is a common surgery method used to help obese patients to lose weight. However, even if LAGB is able to produce a durable and relevant weight loss, it is less effective in improving body image: as demonstrated by a recent study, obese patients with a body image disorder in the pre-operative stage continue to show this even 13 months after the operation. In this presentation we will discuss the possible role of virtual reality (VR) in addressing this problem within an integrated cognitive behavioral approach. To test this approach, a case series of three LAGB patient who experienced body dissatisfaction even after a >30/40% excess body weight loss, is presented and discussed. At the end of the 6-week protocol the patients experienced a 15%-20% further reduction of their weight. This reduction was also matched by a general improvement of the psychological state. Both the weight loss and the level of well-being were further improved after a three-month follow-up.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStudies in Health Technology and Informatics
Pages43-47
Number of pages5
Volume196
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event21st Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference, NextMed/MMVR 2014 - Manhattan Beach, CA, United States
Duration: Feb 20 2014Feb 22 2014

Other

Other21st Medicine Meets Virtual Reality Conference, NextMed/MMVR 2014
CountryUnited States
CityManhattan Beach, CA
Period2/20/142/22/14

Keywords

  • Allocentric Lock Hypothesis
  • Body Dissatisfaction
  • Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding
  • Obesity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Health Informatics
  • Health Information Management

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    Cárdenas-López, G., Torres-Villalobos, G., Martinez, P., Carreño, V., Duran, X., Dakanalis, A., Gaggioli, A., & Riva, G. (2014). Virtual reality for improving body image disorders and weight loss after gastric band surgery: A case series. In Studies in Health Technology and Informatics (Vol. 196, pp. 43-47) https://doi.org/10.3233/978-1-61499-375-9-43