Bariatric Pre-Surgical Evaluations
When a surgeon assesses patients for bariatric surgery, he/she ascertains their general health, with the idea of identifying those for whom surgery is too risky and those who have conditions that need to be treated, stabilized, or managed for surgery to be worth its risk. Behavioral health specialists can no more “predict” a particular psychological outcome than the physician can “predict” a surgical or medical complication. We can, however, via the pre-operative behavioral health assessment, identify psychosocial risk factors and make recommendations to both the client and surgical group that are aimed at facilitating the best possible outcome for the patient.
Bariatric Pre-Surgical Services
Dr. Ajayi-Nabors assesses a client’s personality and readiness for bariatric surgery. Evaluation is approximately two hours, consisting of psychological testing and a one-hour interview.
Bariatric Support Groups
Therapeutic Bariatric Group
Pre, Post and Regainer Bariatric Surgery Group
This is a small group of 8 to 9 individuals designed to provide an opportunity to work through feelings about weight loss and the bariatric surgery experience. An environment to develop trusting and supportive relationships is key to the success of each group member. Therapeutic bariatric group helps individuals discover that others truly understand their feelings and challenges.