You’ll need to have a bariatric surgery consultation before you can get approved for weight-loss surgery. The consultations provided by the team at Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists help to ensure you’re emotionally prepared for the procedure and for the many dramatic changes you’ll go through after your bariatric surgery. To schedule an appointment, call one of the offices in Orange County, Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa, Dan Point, or Orange, California today.
Before you can have bariatric surgery for weight loss, you must go through an extensive screening process. To qualify for bariatric surgery, you’ll need to meet specific body weight criteria:
Obesity-related diseases include:
You’ll undergo numerous medical tests so your bariatric surgeon can evaluate your overall health and minimize potential complications during and after surgery. Before you’re approved for weight-loss surgery, you’ll also need to have consultations and receive clearance from a cardiologist, a lung specialist, a registered dietitian, and a psychiatrist.
A psychiatric consultation is important for several reasons. For starters, it’s usually required by your insurance company before they’ll agree to pay for your surgery. Your bariatric surgeon also needs to know you don’t have a serious mental health condition or an alcohol or drug addiction that would make surgery risky.
More importantly, a consultation ensures you’re prepared to follow the lifestyle changes required after bariatric surgery. Surgery alone doesn’t guarantee you’ll lose a lot of weight and keep it off. Your success depends on your ability to change your eating habits and stop using food as a drug that triggers the pleasure centers in your brain. These changes hinge on your psychological and emotional health.
During your bariatric surgery consultation, the team at Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists reviews your psychiatric history and evaluates your current psychological status, paying attention to the possibility of serious problems that may affect your surgery, such as a substance use disorder.
Then they talk with you about topics such as:
When your consultation is finished, the team at Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists completes a report and sends it to your bariatric surgeon.
If you’re considering bariatric surgery and need a psychiatric consultation, call Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists today.