Prior to bariatric surgery, your surgeon will request that you have a pre-surgical psychological evaluation. Most times the success of your post-operative recovery can be predicted by this pre-surgical evaluation. Knowing your frame of mind, expectations, and support system can increase the likelihood that your procedure and recovery will be successful.
This evaluation usually takes between 1 to 3, (50 minute) sessions to complete. A thorough interview will be conducted. You will be asked about many aspects of your life, including information about your past experience, your current situation, and your future goals. During this evaluation we will explore your weight loss expectations.
You can expect to complete several screenings that gather information about your emotional status, your behavioral tendencies, and your coping style. These tools will help to identify any issues that may need to be addressed before or after your surgery.
Upon completion a letter will be sent to your surgeon’s office with 24 hours. All surgical recommendations are based upon guidelines set by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery.
Throughout this evaluation, you will be provided a clear understanding of the role that food plays in your life. If upon completion it is determined that further counseling is recommended, these services can be arranged. It is our goal to support you in your journey of lifestyle changes necessary to reach the best post-operative outcome possible.
Thank you and Sincerely,
Jannese Webber LCSW LADC