The following page features a list of informative questions and answers intended to provide general information about Baja Weight Loss.  If you have specific questions concerning any of the topic below please contact us directly.  We are always available to answer your questions.

How do I know if I’m a candidate for bariatric surgery?

We take a look at your body mass index (BMI) to determine whether you are in a healthy weight range for your height, we also take into consideration your medical history.  An evaluation  is necessary to confirm whether or not you are a candidate and to determine which procedure is best for you.  See If You Qualify

How weigth will i lose?

The amount of weight and the time it takes to lose it will depend on the type of procedure performed.

Why is it required to have a psychological evaluation prior to weight-loss surgery?

Two very good reasons for this evaluation:

  1. Insurance Requires It – Most major health insurance companies like United Healthcare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, Humana, Medicare etc…realize its importance and usually require a pre-surgical psychological evaluation to be complete by a licensed professional therapist before they will approve bariatric weight loss surgery.
  2. Quality of Care – More importantly, your entire weight loss surgery team of physicians, nurses and dietitians want you to maximize your success – to lose excess body weight, become a healthier person and improve the quality your life to the greatest possible extent. Not only do they want to make sure you are physically fit for the surgery but your team also wants to make sure you are mentally fit for surgery as well.

How long will it take to be recovered?

Approximately between 1-4 weeks, depending on the type of procedure.

What does a psychological evaluation for weight-loss surgery consist of?

Psychological Assessment involves Two Parts:

  1. Psychological Testing – Patient’s will provide demographic information and will take a series of exams to help identify your strengths. It can also help find areas where you might need help and support before and after surgery. Your therapist will evaluate and score the exams you completed which helps identify topics to discuss in the clinical interview process.
  2. Clinical Interview – Patients will schedule a one on one clinical interview with one of our therapist. In a relaxed setting the therapist and the patient can discuss the exams and goals with weight loss surgery. The core parts of the clinical interview include reasons for seeking surgery, weight and diet history, current eating behaviors, understanding of the surgery and its associated lifestyle changes, social supports and history, and psychiatric symptoms (current and past). As each of these domains is addressed, your therapist will functions as an assessor collecting data, an educator providing information, and a therapist enhancing motivation and managing the emotions often encountered during the evaluation.

If I am interested in weight loss surgery, what do I have to do?

Contact us, send us an inbox or give us a call to schedule an evaluation appointment.
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