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Orange County Psychiatry | Bariatric Surgery, Body Mass, Weight Loss Surgery, Heart Disease

Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists -  - Mental Health Clinic

Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists

Orange County Psychiatry | Mental Health, Addiction, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression

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.

Bariatric Surgery Consultations Q & A

How do I qualify for bariatric surgery?

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:

  • Body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater, or more than 100 pounds overweight
  • BMI of 35 or greater and at least one obesity-related disease
  • Documented history of unsuccessful attempts to lose weight or to maintain weight loss

Obesity-related diseases include:

  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Hypertension
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Blood lipid abnormalities
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Heart disease

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.

Why do I need a psychiatric consultation before bariatric surgery?

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.

What should I expect during a bariatric surgery consultation?

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:

  • Your weight and dieting history
  • Your expectations following surgery
  • Your current eating behavior and how it will change
  • The risks and potential complications of bariatric surgery
  • The lifestyle changes required for success after your surgery
  • The family and social support you’ll have following surgery

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.