A key constituent of the success of The New York Bariatric Group surgical 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 focused on 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.

The psychological evaluation aspect of our bariatric surgery requirements helps to determine your understanding and knowledge of 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 illnesses such as uncontrolled depression, eating disorders, and others conditions that can affect 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-THIN to learn more about psychology and your mental preparation for bariatric surgery.


Lost 145lbs

Thomas' success story

I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man.

Everybody treated me like a king. The day of surgery, I was excited. The hospital couldn’t be any nicer. I went in for surgery. An hour later, I came out a new man. My recovery was awesome. I was out of bed that day. My wife and kids were my motivation on getting this surgery. They are my whole life. I’m happy I’m going to be around for them.

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Lost 76lbs

Nicole's success story

I hit my goal weight ... and I feel fabulous

I had the gastric bypass. I am Type 2 Diabetic and I wanted to gain control of my sugar. I hit my goal weight in about 5 and half months and I feel fabulous. The procedure has completely changed my life for the better because it has empowered me as a middle aged woman that I can really do everything and anything that I want to do. I don't put an age on anything. I don't say I'm too old for something.

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Lost 76lbs

Robert's success story

I was tired of the way I looked. I was tired of the way I felt.

I knew if I didn't change something soon, I was going to be in a lot of trouble. The consultation process was a lot easier than I expected. I was met with open arms. I was treated like I was the only patient here. Not only did they answer all of my questions, they had questions for me to make sure I was the right candidate for the surgery. After surgery and that weight started dropping off, my life started changing for the better.

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Lost 92lbs

Samantha's success story

I feel like a completely different person.

I had the gastric sleeve procedure. The driving factor behind me getting this procedure was my health. I didn't feel good physically or mentally. I had joint pains, even standing was difficult sometimes. Emotionally, this surgery completely turned my life around. I have so much more confidence. So much more happiness. I feel like a completely different person. I feel stronger. I feel able to accomplish more.

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Lost 99lbs

Eileen's success story

It saved my life.

The driving factor behind me getting my procedure was that I couldn't get up off the floor with my granddaughter. That was my why. That was my big reason for having this surgery done. After surgery, it was a little bit of a struggle with what to eat. What you put in your mouth that you don't even think about. You don't think about what you're eating or how you're eating and portion size. It's what I do now every single day. The procedure has changed my life in so many ways. It saved my life.

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