A tongue-patch to lose weight.
"Dr. Chugay has recently begun performing a revolutionary weight reduction procedure, which he has dubbed the Miracle Patch. This patch, when surgically applied to the tongue, produces a means to lose weight never before offered by other surgeons.
During a reversible procedure that takes less than an hour, the patient is fitted with a custom patch for the tongue which makes chewing of solid foods very difficult and painful, limiting the patient to a liquid diet. Under the direct supervision of Dr. Chugay and his staff, the patient is put on an easy to follow liquid diet, fulfilling all of their nutritional needs while at the same time minimizing caloric intake and maximizing weight loss results.
Recovery is rapid; and patients are typically able to return to work the following day."
I am intrigued and disturbed at the same time.
As a woman who had her stomach and intestines altered to lose more than 170 pounds I will not judge much (?) the above procedure's level of "OMG YOU DID WHAT TO YOURSELF!?!" because I have heard it all.
But how is this accomplished?
The doctor takes a piece of mesh – the material used to repair abdominal hernias – and attaches it to your tongue. Heck, you may already have this stuff inside you. (Half my family does. We're all patched together.)
This is supposed to make eating now so. unpleasant. that. you. stop.
You have surgical hernia (repair?) of the tongue. (I see other uses for this. Today. Yes.)
I am not a psychologist, but I am a bariatric patient of nearly ten years and professional watcher of post op bariatric patients. (That's my disclaimer, it's all you get.) Rapid weight loss by behavior modification of "Eating! Now Very Difficult And Painful!" can lead to some severe psychological eating issues later on.
Certainly if you're following the "rules of the tongue patch" it should work — as as very low calorie liquid diet would. But, add in the benefit of making food no longer a pleasant experience, you might as well add the cost of your therapists bill too.