Bariatric Psychological Evaluations in Commerce & West Bloomfield
Our bariatric psychologists provide pre-qualifying assessments for patients who are potential candidates for bariatric surgery.
The Bariatric Psychological Evaluation will determine whether a patient is a suitable candidate to undergo bariatric surgery. This assessment is required by all hospitals and most major health insurance providers, such as United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna, Medicare, and more.
What Does the Bariatric Assessment Include?
This evaluation will include an in-depth interview with the patient and a psychological inventory assessment. Areas covered include demographic information, as well as a series of questions designed to identify your strengths. This information is often centered on determining the ways in which you may require support before or after undergoing surgery. We conduct bariatric assessments that comply with the requirements of the National Institute of Health. Topics discussed generally include reasons for seeking surgery, current eating behaviors, weight history, family history, psychiatric symptoms. and social support system.
Who Qualifies for Bariatric Surgery?
To qualify for bariatric surgery, also known as bariatric sleeve surgery, a patient must be over the age of 18 with a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 40, or between 35 and 40 with co-morbid conditions directly related to obesity. Additionally, the patient must have previous unsuccessful attempts at conventional and supervised weight loss.
What Can I Expect During My Bariatric Psychological Evaluation?
At Viewpoint Psychology, we are committed to providing a relaxed setting where patients can feel comfortable discussing their weight loss goals with a licensed psychologist or psychiatric nurse practitioner. Your visit will also serve as an educational experience, where you can discuss any questions and concerns you may have surrounding your bariatric surgery, such as common bariatric surgery side effects.
It’s understandable to feel reservations about the idea of discussing your weight loss goals and other personal issues with a mental health professional. At Viewpoint, we offer a compassionate approach focused on helping patients feel at ease about both the bariatric psychological assessment itself, as well as the bariatric surgery procedure and the lifestyle changes that will help to ensure that it is successful. We’re passionate about securing a health future our patients. We’re here to help.
For more information about our bariatric surgery assessment services, or to schedule an appointment with one of our Licensed Psychologists or Social Workers, contact Viewpoint Psychology and Wellness today to speak to a member of our team.