Ear Stapling

WHAT TYPE OF STAPLE IS USED?

The staple used is surgical steel, similar to the ones used in many surgeries. Patients who are allergic to metal may have a reaction to the staple and should not use this procedure.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The staple activates the acupuncture point in your ear that sends a message to your brain telling it that your stomach is full. It also stimulates the point to help reduce cravings.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GETTING ONE STAPLE OR TWO?

Only one staple is necessary for appetite suppression. A very precise point is measured and then stimulated by the staple. Acupuncturists typically use the left ear for weight control and the right ear for smoking cessation.

DOES IT HURT?

The staple is instrumentally inserted and is similar to having an ear pierced. Most people experience a small discomfort, but some don't feel anything at all.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS?

Infection is the most serious risk with this procedure. The staple pierces the cartilage of the ear and therefore a small hole is created. The hole does not close due to the staple and is at risk for infection. Hygiene is extremely important and should be taken very seriously. No other health risks have been associated with this procedure.

HOW DO I CARE FOR MY STAPLE?

Clean the staple twice daily with a cotton swab and alcohol, then apply Neosporin or an antibacterial cream to seal the area.

HOW LONG CAN I LEAVE THE STAPLE IN?

The staple can be left in for up to one year however, the time frame for maximum benefit is different per individual. Stimulation (re-charging) of the staple is recommended every 2-4 weeks to keep the staple optimally functioning.

HOW WILL I KNOW IF IT IS WORKING?

The most common affect of the staple is a decrease in appetite. Many patients experience nausea and stomach cramps if they overeat. Other common findings include a decrease in cravings, such as for sugar and sweets.

HOW EFFECTIVE IS THIS PROCEDURE?

Statistically 20% experience an aggressive or exceptional degree of suppression, whereas 60% experience a moderate suppression. An approximate 20% have a mild response or no response. There is no way to predict the effectiveness prior to staple insertion.

WILL IT INTERFERE WITH SLEEPING/SWIMMING/TALKING ON THE PHONE?

No. Because the staple sits inside your ear, normal use of a pillow or phone will not bother it. Also, once it has healed, swimming will not cause the staple to loosen or affect it negatively.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

The charge is $100. This includes measuring of the precise acupuncture points, the ear staple, and a follow up visit after two weeks. Another procedure we offer is stimulation ($20), which is recommended every 2-4 weeks to keep the staple functioning at its highest level of benefit. If at any time you would like to have your staple removed, the service is done FREE OF CHARGE. As with any weight loss program, decrease of food intake and increase of exercise is highly recommended.