Pre-Bariatric Surgery Psychological Evaluation

Pre-Bariatric Surgery Psychological Evaluation

If you are a candidate for surgery, you are most likely required to undergo a psychological evaluation depending on the type of surgery.

If you are one of many people who have not been able to lose a significant amount of weight or keeps gaining weight despite engaging in traditional weight loss reduction programs, you might benefit from bariatric surgery (i.e., laparoscopic gastric banding, gastric bypass). If such a procedure is recommended by your physician, you will need a pre-bariatric surgery psychological evaluation.

What is the psychological evaluation for bariatric surgery?

Typically, this evaluation includes a psychological interview and psychological testing to determine your readiness for this critical procedure (bariatric surgery). The evaluation assesses psychiatric problems, the person’s behavior, and the person’s understanding of the procedure.

Why the need of a psychological evaluation?

It is common for individuals to be doubtful about visiting a psychologist. However, the visit is critical for assessing the preparedness for the surgery and it is likely to improve your success after the surgery. This type of evaluation is a recommendation from the National Institutes of Health consensus (1991) in order to select appropriate candidates.

What to expect in the interview process? Here are some of the topics that the psychologist will talk about with you: The reasons for seeking surgery will be discussed because it is important to evaluate the appropriateness for choosing this procedure. Your weight history as well as your eating habits, and diet, will be considered. Also, you will be asked about your exercise routine and what has worked or not. Moreover, understanding the type of surgery and how it will affect your lifestyle is imperative for your success. Psychological testing will provide objective information regarding your psychological adjustment, readiness for surgery, and behavior.  The process typically involves about a 1-hour clinical interview and a 1 to 2 hours of testing in one appointment. A written report will be sent to your bariatric surgeon.

What is a psychological evaluation for pre-surgical spinal cord stimulation trial?

A psychological examination is required prior undergoing surgery to identify if you are an optimal candidate who will obtain full benefit from the device implanted.  Typically, the process involves a trial of spinal cord stimulation (SCS) before the physician makes the decision to permanently implant the SCS.

Why the need of a psychological screening or evaluation?

The effectiveness of the spinal cord stimulation (SCS) can be affected by psychological disorders and even cognitive difficulties. Therefore, a psychological screening or evaluation is required. The psychological assessment helps identify thinking, behavioral, emotional, and social problems that could influence your chronic pain. If psychological problems are identified the treatment is tailored to the specific issues identified. 

What to expect in the interview process?

The process of the evaluation includes a psychological interview and formal testing of cognitive functions, psychological adjustment, personality characteristics, pain experience and behavior associated with it, understanding of the surgery process, and expectations of the procedure. The process typically involves about a 1-hour clinical interview and a 1 to 3 hours of testing in one appointment. A written report will be sent to your surgeon.

What is a psychological evaluation for pre-surgical spinal cord stimulation trial?

A psychological examination is required prior undergoing surgery to identify if you are an optimal candidate who will obtain full benefit from the device implanted.  Typically, the process involves a trial of SCS before the physician makes the decision to permanently implant the SCS.

Why the need of a psychological screening or evaluation?

The effectiveness of the SCS can be affected by psychological disorders and even cognitive difficulties. Therefore, a psychological screening or evaluation is required. The psychological assessment helps identify thinking, behavioral, emotional, and social problems that could influence your chronic pain. If psychological problems are identified the treatment is tailored to the specific issues identified. 

What to expect in the interview process? The process of the evaluation includes a psychological interview and formal testing of cognitive functions, psychological adjustment, personality characteristics, pain experience and behavior associated with it, understanding of the surgery process, and expectations of the procedure. The process typically involves about 1-hour clinical interview and 1 to 3 hours of testing in one appointment. A written report will be sent to your surgeon.