Why Do I Need to Have a Psychological Evaluation? | Barnes Bariatric Surgery

Why Do I Need to Have a Psychological Evaluation? | Barnes Bariatric Surgery

You are ready for weight loss surgery and to fit into clothes you haven’t worn in years. But you don’t quite understand why you have to go through a psychological evaluation to have the procedure done. You are not alone in that; in fact, it’s a frequently asked question among prospective weight loss surgery candidates. There are a lot of reasons why your psychological and physical health is important to measure before weight loss surgery, including:


Insurance companies require a psychological evaluation before weight loss surgery. Because of this, Barnes Bariatric Solutions cannot perform the operation until the evaluation is completed.

Your Ability to Make the Necessary Diet and Exercise Changes

Dr. Barnes wants to make sure that you understand the lifestyle changes that you will have to make to ensure that your weight loss surgery is a success. He can give you the tools you need to lose weight, but it is still a lot of hard work post surgery to lose and maintain weight. Your diet and exercise habits will be biggies, as you will need to eat small portions, separate liquids from solids, and keep up a regular exercise regimen. If you fail to do these things, your weight loss surgery could prove to be ineffective, and you will be right back where you started on your road to weight loss.

Your Understanding of the Changes Ahead

Physical changes also accompany weight loss surgery. You will begin to lose weight at a fairly rapid rate, but that means you could also experience sagging or excess skin and issues with digestion of foods you used to be able to eat. Of course, you will also have improving health and other pros. But it is important for you and Dr. Barnes to discuss what to expect so nothing takes you off guard. For some people, it is daunting when they notice that people on the street give them more attention after weight loss surgery.

To see if you would make a good candidate for weight loss surgery, contact Barnes Bariatric Solutions today.