Virtual reality in the treatment of body image disturbances after bariatric surgery: a clinical case

Giuseppe Riva, Georgina Cárdenas-López, Ximena Duran, Gonzalo M. Torres-Villalobos, Andrea Gaggioli

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Abstract

Bariatric surgery is an operation on the stomach and/or intestines that helps patients with extreme obesity to lose weight. Even if bariatric surgery, compared with traditional obesity treatment, is more effective in reducing BMI, this approach does not achieve equal results in every patient. More, following bariatric surgery common problems are body image dissatisfaction and body disparagement: there is a significant difference between the weight loss clinicians consider successful (50% of excess weight) and the weight loss potential patients expect to achieve (at least 67% of the excess weight). The paper discusses the possible role of virtual reality (VR) in addressing this problem within an integrated treatment approach. More, the clinical case of a female bariatric patient who experienced body dissatisfaction even after a 30% body weight loss and a 62% excess body weight loss, is presented and discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-282
Number of pages5
JournalNot available
Volume181
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Adult
  • Bariatric Surgery
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorders
  • Body Image
  • Cognitive Therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Obesity, Morbid
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • User-Computer Interface

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