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Is Weight Loss Surgery Right for You? The Role of Psychological Screening

-From Cary and Mchenry-



Whether lap band or gastric bypass, weight loss surgery is a major procedure. The good news is that after completing it, patients often enjoy an improvement in mobility, self-image and self-confidence.

However, psychologists and physicians alike know that these types of outcomes alone should not be the primary reason for undergoing the procedure. The over-riding goal is to live a higher quality life that is extended many more years.

Your first step is to get all the necessary info about the type of weight loss surgery you are considering, whether it be lap band or gastric bypass. Your next step is to get a consultation with an experienced bariatric surgeon. Be sure your physician answers all your questions and explains the specific details of the surgery so that you understand them completely.

Ask about the length of your recovery period and the details of your required follow-up care. Be certain that you understand the answers to all your questions. If you have any doubts, do not hesitate to ask for a clearer explanation provided in simpler language.

As part of routine evaluation for weight loss surgery, you will also consult with a psychologist. His or her job is to assess the degree to which your personality is compatible with the requirements for a positive outcome; any patient has to have a flexible personality, as there can be unexpected outcomes in even the simplest surgery.

Also, your weight loss surgery will only succeed if you are able to make a lifelong commitment to a healthier lifestyle and cope well with some unexpected challenges you may face after the procedure. Do not forget that these lifestyle changes can sometimes strain relationships within families and between spouses.

Your surgeon may provide you with a referral to a particular psychologist or he may leave it up to you to find one who meets your needs and the requirements of your health insurance plan. The psychologists job is to evaluate your potential to achieve your goals and deal successfully with the changes that surgery and weight loss can bring.

Though the protocol varies, as part of the assessment the psychologist will often administer 2-3 multiple choice, true-false type, paper-and-pencil tests. These tests can be done in the office or you can complete them, at your leisure, at home in approximately 1-3 hours.

These tests may include, but are not limited to: The Millon Behavioral Medicine Diagnostic, The Battery for Health Improvement and The Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory. These scientific assessments help establish if you have the type of mindset and attitudes necessary to comply with the post-operative changes in your behavior that are required for your long-term success.

Besides the tests, the screening may take 1-2 visits to the psychologists office. The results are sent directly to your bariatric surgeon, and, at your request, they are also provided to you.

Upon reviewing the psychologists recommendations, your surgeon will decide if you are an appropriate candidate for the surgery. If so, congratulations, as you are likely to have a great new life ahead of you!

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