Category Archives: Virtual Gastric Band

Virtual Gastric Band is a term used to describe Sheila Granger’s procedure she developed to simulate gastric band surgery. Sheila’s was not the first use of hypnosis related to surgery. There is also Lap Band Hypnosis. Along with a colleague from Boston I attended a workshop in NYC and achieved certification in Sheila’s procedure. Myra and I were the first to introduce VGB to New England.

Bariatric surgery involves a number of procedures, one of which is gastric band. The procedure is meant to be permanent and to help those whose weight is a danger to their health. Any surgery is not to be taken lightly and especially anything to do with the stomach. As an alternative to surgery hypnosis use was introduced to simulate the operation and with the power of the unconscious mind convince the body that surgery had taken place, with the expected outcomes.

Today, I don’t offer Virtual Gastric Band Hypnosis as a separate program. Depending on the client I may used elements of it in my weight loss programs if I think it will achieve the outcome for the client.

This selection of articles will provide you enough information to determine if this is a viable alternative to surgery for your condition.

Announcing Virtual Gastric Band of New England

Virtual Gastric Band of New England is Myra Durkin, MSW, LICSW and Erika Slater, CH, two prominent therapists in the field of hypnosis in New England. Both Myra and Erika were recently trained and certified to conduct Sheila Granger’s Virtual Gastric Band program in New England. Shelia Granger herself conducted the training and certification recently in New York City.