On this page you will find a series of common queries regarding the weight loss surgery. If you have any questions that are NOT on this list, please feel free to contact us, we’d love to answer any questions you may have.
Many patients experience partial or transient results with conventional methods for the treatment of obesity and related diseases. Nowadays, Bariatric Surgery is the most effective method for the long-term treatment of all these conditions; as long as it is followed by profound changes in the patients lifestyle.
Therefore, patients who have not achieved effective treatment by traditional methods, deserve to undergo these types of procedures, both to prolong life expectancy and to improve their quality of life.
This is why the obesity approach is carried out by a multidisciplinary team, conformed by a Bariatric Nutritionist, Bariatric Psychologist, Bariatric Surgeon, Anesthesiologist, etc.
Furthermore, the vast majority of patients who decide to undergo a bariatric procedure have been struggling in a conventional way with various types of measures and treatments for many years, without such strong results against obesity.
Bariatric Surgery can result in an average weight loss of up to 75% of excess weight over a period of 12 to 18 months. After this period the patient must have completely changed his/her lifestyle to stabilize the results and maintain his o her weight in the long run term.
In other words, patients can go without oral medications and insulin in the vast majority of cases, in other cases patients are able to reduce their consumption. There will always be an additional benefit to the weight loss caused by the procedure itself. This occurs because Bariatric Surgery also has metabolic effects that complement its mechanism of action, thus achieving beneficial and sustainable long-term results, especially when combined with profound changes in lifestyle.
- It is necessary to request financing. Most of the main financial companies need to be sure that the patient really needs Bariatric Surgery for the sake of their health, so it is an imperative requirement for them to have a psychological evaluation prior to surgery; carried out by a licensed professional therapist before any payment facility for your procedure is approved.
- The patients certainty. All medical personnel involved in a bariatric procedure always look after the patients weight loss outcome, in addition to all the benefits that this major change will bring. But in order to reach that goal, the patient must demonstrate that he or her is mentally fit for a procedure like this. For this reason it is important that a specialist in Psychology evaluates all the critical points to consider before a surgery.
- Psychological tests. The patient will provide demographic information and take a series of tests to help identify his or her strengths. It can also help finding certain areas where the patient may need help and support before and after surgery. Your therapist will evaluate and grade the exams you have completed, which will serve as support for the clinical interview process.
- Clinical interview. In a relaxed setting, the therapist and the patient will discuss about the tests and goals regarding the weight loss surgery. The purpose of the clinical interview focus on the patients reason for the surgery, including a number of diverse factors, such as: the patient’s weight, diets they have been on, medical history, current eating behaviors, the understanding of the surgery and the changes the patient will need to make in his or her lifestyle, among other important queries.
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