What to know as a bariatric surgery candidate

Many insurance companies realize having a psychological evaluation pre-bariatric surgery is very important and even require an evaluation before they will approve the surgery.

The most important reason for having a bariatric surgery psychological clearance is that your entire team of healthcare professionals — from the surgeon to your primary care provider, nurses and dietitians — want you to maximize your success. The evaluation provides important information to you and to your bariatric surgery provider so that you can succeed.

The psychological evaluation can:

• Help identify your strengths.

• Help find areas where you might need support after surgery.

• Help educate you about your pathway to surgery.

 A bariatric surgery psychological evaluation is done prior to any weight-loss surgery. The psychological evaluation is used to determine the patient’s level of preparedness for the surgery. You may be counseled or given information to optimize your preparedness and may be offered follow-up consultations as determined by the evaluation.