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Ear stapling: A risky and unproven procedure for appetite suppression and weight loss

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January 1, 2010
by Leslie K. Winter, MD and Jeffrey H. Spiegel, MD, FACS


In an effort to achieve weight loss, many people are pursuing alternative medical interventions. Widely available as a variant of acupuncture, ear stapling (in which a surgical staple is placed in the conchal bowl of the ear) is reported by practitioners to decrease the appetite and induce weight loss. This practice lacks proven efficacy and has a significant risk of infection and deformity. We report a series of 3 patients who developed complications from ear stapling and present this article to describe the practice so that physicians will be prepared when encountering a staple in the ear.

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