Why do I need a psychological assessment before I get weight-loss surgery?
The American Society for Bariatric Surgery recommends for patients who are seeking bariatric (i.e. weight-loss) surgery obtain a psychological evaluation. Your doctor will likely require an evaluation in order to assess if there are any issues that could interfere with the best surgery outcome. Your weight-loss surgery is a life changing decision and your doctor wants to make sure you are prepared. By completing a psychological assessment, we can help you identify your strengths and areas where you may need additional support in order to help maintain your weight loss goals.
What does a psychological assessment for weight-loss surgery involve?
Prior to your scheduled evaluation appointment, you will be asked to fill out a form available on our web site (Bariatric Patient Form). The form will ask you to provide background information on areas such as eating behaviors, weight loss attempts, and other health-related habits. You will then meet with a mental health clinician who will conduct your evaluation. The evaluation will last for approximately three to four hours. The evaluation will include a face-to-face interview in order to better understand your motivation and expectations for the surgery, as well as gain background information important to the evaluation. In addition, you will complete several measures that will help us assess how we can best help you.
What do I need to do to prepare for the psychological evaluation?
We ask that you download the following form and complete it at home. You will be asked to bring this completed form to your appointment. If you do not have access to a printer, please come to your appointment 45 minutes early to complete the form. If you forget to bring your form to the appointment, it may be necessary to re-schedule the appointment. This form can be accessed at: Bariatric Patient Form
What happens after the psychological evaluation?
Following the evaluation, our office will contact you to schedule a feedback session. During the feedback session, your clinician will review the results with you and will discuss specific recommendations based on the results. This session will last approximately one hour. A copy of the evaluation report, including recommendations, will be sent to your doctor.
Do you offer any other services besides psychological evaluations?
After your surgery, it is important to have support in maintaining your new lifestyle. This turns out to be a greater challenge than most people realize. Our clinical specialty is relapse prevention. We also offer treatment for mood disorders including depression and anxiety. At Psychological ARTS, we offer what we think is the most important part of your treatment: counseling that can aid you prevent weight regain to help you maintain your weight-loss. For more information or to schedule your appointment, please Contact Us.