- Social Supports and History
- Reason for Seeking Surgery
- A Review of Medications
- A Review of Weight and Diet History
- Current Eating Habits
- Understanding the Types of Weight Loss Surgeries to include: Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass; Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (Lap Band); and Gastric Sleeve
- Counseling to Address the Risks of Surgery
- Current and Past Psychiatric Diagnosis and/or Symptoms if Applicable
- Explanation of the Types of Dietary Restrictions due to Surgery
The Assessment determines:
- Are you able to make such a decision
- Do you understand the consequences of your decision
- Are you appropriate for surgery
- Are there underlying psychological conditions that would keep you from adhering to the life changes that are required after surgery.
Bariatric Surgery is a life altering procedure. As with any major surgery, it can have complications including death and should never be taken lightly. If you are hesitant and uncomfortable with seeing a mental health professional for evaluation, it may help to know the information discussed during the clinical interview is critical not only for assessing your appropriateness for surgery, but for improving your success with adjusting to the many changes that occur after surgery.