Bariatric Evaluation

Psychological evaluation of patients before bariatric surgery is a critical step, not only to identify contraindications for surgery, but also — and more so — to better understand their motivation, readiness, behavioral challenges, and emotional factors that may impact their coping and adjustment through surgery and the associated lifestyle changes.

A positive experience during this assessment often sets the stage for patients to seek assistance when faced with later struggles. As such, the psychological evaluation of the patient undergoing bariatric surgery is an invaluable piece of the larger presurgical assessment, both in the short and long term.