Bariatric and Spinal Assessments
What to expect
Anxiety is common prior to the assessment, but don’t worry, the purpose is to collect information while educating and discussing important topics that will affect your health after surgery.
Remember to be honest while vocalizing your strengths and vulnerabilities during the session. Most importantly, do not assume that you will be automatically denied because you have a mental health diagnosis. There are many factors to consider on a case by case basis.
How will this occur?
You will take objective behavioral health assessment measures online, followed by a clinical interview lasting approximately one hour. You will answer questions but also receive information and support, and your surgeon will receive the report within 3-7 business days. It’s that easy!
Do you have a mental health diagnosis?
Some patients suffer from mental illness due to their weight or other concerns, and symptoms can be treated with a combination of medication and therapy. It is important for you to discuss your symptoms with the therapist to make proper recommendations to secure post-operative success.
If you are not prepared for this procedure, we offer cognitive behavioral therapy focused on preparing you for surgery.
Most insurances cover this type of assessment, but we will check eligibility and let you know ahead of time. Please make sure to provide us with insurance card information and a referral from your bariatric surgeon’s office. If your insurance does not cover this service, we charge a flat rate of $175.00 for the pre-surgical behavioral health assessment.
Services offered to Florida and North Carolina residents in both English and Spanish
- CBT Centers of WNC will offer a comprehensive evaluation based on recommendations by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and consistent with other established gold standard practices. This includes:
- A 50-60 minute in-person interview with the patient.
- Assessment and scoring of relevant objective measures.
- Patients offered appointments within 1-2 weeks of their initial phone call.
- A detailed report including:
- Necessary information needed for insurance purposes.
- Specific pre- and post-operative recommendations for each patient.
- Sections tailored to surgeon preference – upon request.
- Report turn-around time is 3-7 business days from the date of evaluation.
- Available to address cases that need further discussion with the surgeon.
- Available to help prepare patients for surgery and/or assist them post-operatively when needed via individual or group therapy.
Follow up is important
Many people who undergo weight loss surgery are not prepared for after the procedure. There will be issues related to lifestyle changes of which your doctor has already informed you. There will also be the psychological adaptation to the new person you see in the mirror, and your sense of self and identity could be affected. Perhaps the results are not what you expect, and if there are emotional issues that lead to you gaining weight, they will still be there after the surgery. Psychological follow up is just as important as medical care after surgery.
If you’d like to schedule an assessment or have any questions, please call our office at (828) 350-1177.