PRE-SURGICAL BARIATRIC PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION

The evaluation can help you to better understand how to be successful in your behavior change both short and long term. It can also help you to learn about your coping patterns and habits. Please call us to schedule an appointment.

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PRE-SURGICAL BARIATRIC PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION

Bariatric surgery offers patients the opportunity to reach their weight loss goal that can be maintained over time; however, bariatric surgery has inherent risks. The individuals undergoing the process must make long-term behavioral changes to maintain success. As a result, as part of the bariatric surgery process, most insurance companies require a psychological evaluation in order to determine their appropriateness for surgery.

What Does the Evaluation Involve?
 The Evaluation Consists Of Three Parts:

  1. The individual will meet with the psychologist for a clinical interview that focuses on behavior, psychiatric symptoms, and understanding of the surgery that usually lasts 45 minutes. In highly complex cases, a second interview may need to be scheduled. 

  2. The second part of the evaluation entails the completion of personality, mood, and cognitive assessments. These tests are designed to learn as much about a patient as possible (attitudes, behaviors, emotions) quickly. The information from the interview is then combined with the information from the tests, and a report is written. 

  3. The third part of the assessment process is a follow-up meeting. This typically occurs one week after the completion of your evaluation. During the follow-up meeting, you will be provided with the results of the evaluation, including any clinical recommendations. This feedback session usually lasts 25 minutes.  After the follow-up meeting, the report is sent to your physician within 7-10 business days.