I've been told that I will need to speak to a psychologist before I am allowed to have a gastric bypass. Is this true? Why would I need to speak to a psychologist first?
Am I Required to See a Psychologist Before Having a Gastric Bypass?
Doctor Answers (3)
Psychology evaluation prior to gastric bypass surgery not a bad idea
Don't be offended by the request that you see a psychologist prior to your gastric bypass surgery. This surgery is very high risk, and the overall success of the surgery depends greatly on YOU and what you do after your recovery. Insurance companies and bariatric surgeons both need to know that you are stable and capable of understanding the gravity of your situation and your responsibility in the success of your procedure.
In addition, you may find the session(s) useful, as many people who struggle with weight issues have psychological issues with food. Look at this "requirement" as an opportunity!
In many instances, a team approach to Bariatric surgery is optimal to achieving a long term success and a solution to obesity. Having a psychologist as a team member is generally very valuable.