Behavioral Bariatric Program

We specialize in the psychological aspects of weight management and the unique behavioral and emotional challenges that accompany bariatric surgery. Our goal is to provide you with comprehensive preparation and support for your surgery as well as provide you with the tools to attain optimal results following your surgery.

While surgery is for many people a helpful tool to achieve a healthier weight, behavior change is critical to attaining a successful long-term outcome following surgery. Many behaviors, habits, thoughts, and emotions impact the success of surgery as well as your ability to cope with post-surgical changes. For example, some eating patterns such as binge eating or grazing can reduce your ability to benefit from surgery. Our specialists can help identify and address these factors so that you can achieve the best possible outcome from your surgery. We can also assist you with stress management skills, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion management skills, smoking cessation, managing food triggers, or coping with pre-surgical anxiety. Additionally, patients often experience changes in their self-image or personal relationships as they lose weight. We can assist you in addressing any emotional and behavioral challenges and provide you with the skills needed to be successful following weight loss surgery.

Pre-Surgical Psychological Evaluation Show More Show Less

Structure House provides pre-surgical psychological evaluations for those who have chosen to have a bariatric procedure. This evaluation is required by most surgeons and insurance companies, and will be conducted by one of our clinicians who have extensive knowledge of obesity and weight loss surgery, as well as thorough training and experience in conducting these evaluations.

Weight loss surgery is a life-changing experience that can be very stressful for some people. The pre-surgical psychological evaluation helps the surgical team by identifying your strengths and areas where you might need support either before or after surgery. Your strengths may include strong family support or marital relationship, or a clear understanding of the effects of surgery. Some areas where you might need assistance may include coping with depression, addressing triggers to emotional eating, or lack of a support system at home. We will make recommendations to both the client and surgical team that are aimed at facilitating the best possible outcome. 

Pre-Surgical Bariatric Assessment and Support Show More Show Less

Structure House provides pre-surgical psychological evaluations for those who have chosen to have a bariatric procedure. This evaluation is required by most surgeons and insurance companies, and will be conducted by one of our Behavioral Bariatrics Team Clinicians who have extensive knowledge of obesity and weight loss surgery, as well as thorough training and experience in conducting these evaluations. We specialize in the psychological aspects of weight management and the unique behavioral and emotional challenges following bariatric surgery. Our goal is to provide you with comprehensive preparation and support for your surgery.

What is the purpose of the pre-surgical psychological evaluation?

Weight loss surgery is a life-changing experience that can be very stressful for some people. The pre-surgical psychological evaluation helps the surgical team by identifying your strengths and areas where you might need support after surgery. Your strengths may include strong family support or marital relationship, or a clear understanding of the effects of surgery. Some areas where you might need assistance may include coping with depression, addressing triggers to emotional eating, or lack of a support system at home. We will make recommendations to both the client and surgical team that are aimed at facilitating the best possible outcome.

What does the pre-surgical psychological evaluation involve?

The evaluation will be conducted in two parts. First, you will be asked to complete an online assessment at home before your appointment (if you do not have internet access, a hard copy of these forms will be mailed to you). You will then be scheduled for a 2-hour appointment at our office during which you will complete additional computerized tests and will meet one-to-one with the psychologist. You will receive feedback and recommendations during that visit, and we will send your surgical team a copy of the completed report. 

Post-Surgical Support Show More Show Less

Bariatric surgery can have a profound impact on almost every aspect of an individual’s life. Often, patients experience changes in their self-image or personal relationships as they lose weight. Additionally, behavior change is critical to achieving optimal results following surgery. We offer aftercare to assist you in addressing any emotional and behavioral challenges and provide you with the skills needed to be successful following weight loss surgery. 

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