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We offer comprehensive psychological assessments for patients who are considering bariatric surgery (ie, laparoscopic gastric banding, gastric bypass). The process includes a clinical interview as well as psychological testing to assess psychiatric symptoms, drug and alcohol use, recent behavioral modifications, the patient’s understanding of the long-term changes required after surgery, and the patient’s overall readiness for surgery. In addition to gathering information, we use the assessment process as an opportunity to share information with patients as warranted, help them identify and plan for potential setbacks, and increase their motivation for lasting change.
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