Psychology and Bariatric Surgery
Patients are required to attend a psychological assessment. This will be conducted by a Clinical Psychologist at the Bariatric Medicine Clinic who will advise the surgeon if there are any issues that could impede the best surgery outcome. The assessment will basically comprise a detailed, semi-structured clinical interview.
Patients may need ongoing psychological support after surgery to assist with maintaining a new life style. There are many adjustments post-surgery.
Some people find that they encounter relationship difficulties in that their partners may not have been adequately prepared for the various changes, including changes to the body, lifestyle, and social interaction.
Psychological treatment would focus on identifying emotional triggers and negotiating strategies to manage these more effectively.
Ultimately the Psychologist involvement would be supportive as bariatric surgery patients contemplate and confront significant life challenges.