Bariatric surgery is a life transforming journey which helps you move towards better health and wellbeing, thus enabling you to discover a NEW YOU. A pre-operative psychological evaluation is important as it help stop identify your strengths, weakness and areas where you may need additional support in order to maintain weight loss goals. Just remember “The Psychologist” is a part of your safety net after your surgery whose primary focus is your ultimate success.
How Can a Psychologist help?
As individuals we have different experiences and we cope with life difficulties in different ways. The same is true following Bariatric surgery. This is a lifetime commitment to your own self. Every individual is different, and it varies from person to person.
A psychologist can help you to:
- Understand your problems better.
- Be more positive and motivated towards weight loss journey
- Have a better quality of life post-surgery.
What happens at my first appointment?
The first appointment is called an assessment and your chance to tell the psychologist about the difficulties you may be having. In order to try and get a good understanding of your concerns, the psychologist will also ask you about your life in general and your past experiences.
What if I do not have a psychological problem, do I still have to meet the psychologist?
The psychologist’s purpose is not only to find underlying problems and conflicts that might have caused you to become obese but the main purpose is to make you mindful. The evaluation helps you to have a positive outlook towards a new beginning. For instance, some people are fearful of the surgery itself and may be able to benefit from psychological intervention.
What psychological conditions would cause problems with weight loss surgery?
There are some psychological disorders that may walk in with weight loss surgery. Accepting new lifestyle as well as the new eating pattern is a bit difficult.
Feelings of deprivation towards favourite foods after surgery etc.
The psychologist will help you to understand that if these feelings occur, they will be short lived and if needed, you might be referred toa counsellor.
PSYCHOLOGICAL PRE-SURGICAL EVALUATION INCLUDES
- Patient’s reason for seeking surgery.
- Patient’s goal weight and anticipated time frame for achieving the goal.
- Patient’s expectations after surgery.
- Patient’s eating behaviours.
- Patient’s social support and psychological history.
- Patient’s mental history.
- Patient’s psychological assessment.