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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 Willo Wisotsky, a board certified licensed Clinical Psychologist administers to the needs of our patients. Willo Wisotsky is a published author and has been focused in the area of bariatrics for over fifteen years. She meets each of our patients at the beginning of their journey.

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.

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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 Willo Wisotsky 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.

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What our patients are saying

“The staff and doctors at the New York Bariatric Group are amazing! They are always patient, helpful, and very understanding and pro-active with questions, problems, etc. After Lap Band surgery I feel fantastic. For the last 6 years I have not had to worry if my clothes would fit. I have been able to maintain my weight loss, and have so much more energy.”

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"Dr. Holover has a great personality, I love him, I consider him a good friend, and I recommend him to everyone. He and his staff are amazing. I thought my recovery would be worse, but it wasn’t. It was great. After a couple of days I was back on my feet and going, with three boys you don’t have time to be down. Now, my kids have to keep up with me!"

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"My results are incredible; I can go to any store and find clothes that fit, I don’t have to go to the big and tall store anymore. My family and friends say I look great, but more so are so happy about my health. Definitely go for it, it is well worth it."

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"My recovery was very easy, I started moving around pretty quick because the nurses had me up and about. Dr. Angstadt has a great bedside manner, a cheerful disposition and is very knowledgeable. He was genuinely concerned for me, he answered all of my questions and put me at ease. I couldn’t be happier, I think it is the best decision I ever made."

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"I was concerned about my health, my blood pressure, cholesterol, my mobility, my flexibility. A few friends told me about NYBG and I went to a seminar. I wanted to live a healthier life and live a long life. My recovery was great, after a week I was 100%. My doctor, Dr. Sekhar, has the best personality in the world."

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"I had a couple of friends who had bariatric surgery done by Dr. Garber a few years back and I decided to make the appointment. My favorite thing about the surgery is not being able to eat that much, eating whatever I want but in smaller portions. My results are amazing"

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