Psychology

At the New York Bariatric Group we understand that weight loss surgery is only the beginning. What comes next is all the difficult work of changing a lifetime of habits and ways of living and thinking about yourself and your place in the world. Very few people understand what this process is like. It seems easy. Just have the bariatric surgery and lose all the weight. Voila! You are a changed person. As you know, there’s a lot more to this process than that, and the correct mental approach and support is one of the most important bariatric surgery requirements to ensure a smooth and successful experience.

A key constituent of the bariatric surgery success of The New York Bariatric Group surgical based weight loss program has been the emotional screening and support we have as part of our Weight Loss and Weight Management programs, including bariatric surgery support groups. We are pleased to announce that Ms. Jean Rafferty, a board certified licensed social worker administers to the needs of our patients. Jean Rafferty meets each of our patients at the beginning of their journey.

bariatric_center_eatingJean Rafferty offers up a unique perspective to her work as she is also a former weight loss surgery patient. Jean performs our patient evaluations.

These evaluations are one of our bariatric surgery requirements as they are used to help determine if you are prepared to make this dramatic change in your life for the better.  Most importantly, you will find that the psychologist’s recommendations will be helpful to your understanding of and preparations for this journey.

The psychological evaluation aspect of our bariatric surgery requirements helps to determine your understanding and knowledge of the bariatric surgery and your ability to follow the postoperative weight loss plan and lifestyle changes. Many Insurance companies require this evaluation prior to giving approval for surgery. You will find that Jean can be helpful in defining your personal goals and expectations.

Psychological evaluation helps to identify and rule out major psychiatric illness such as uncontrolled depression, eating disorders and others conditions that can effect a patient’s success with weight loss surgery. It also helps to identify patients who need more education and preparation prior to bariatric surgery. Some patients may need counseling either before or after the surgery and the initial evaluation helps to identify this potential need.

Additionally, the New York Bariatric Group provides a variety of additional assistance, including bariatric surgery support groups and mentoring programs. Call our office at 800.633.8446 to learn more about psychology and your mental preparation for bariatric surgery.