Psychological evaluations play an integral role in identifying contraindications for surgery. Evaluations also assist the patient by gaining insight into their overall motivation, readiness, behavioral challenges, and emotional factors that may impact their coping and adjustment through surgery.
The psychologist's challenge is to collect a vast amount of data while simultaneously educating and motivating the patient in their pursuit of improved health. For some, that initial experience is enough. However, for many, it is simply the beginning, as they will need psychological support to maintain the lifestyle changes essential for long-term success. A positive experience during this assessment often sets the stage for patients to seek assistance when faced with later struggles. As such, the psychological evaluation of the patient undergoing surgery is an invaluable piece of the larger pre-surgical assessment, both in the short and long term.
Some of the pre-surgery assessments that Dr. Mindia offers include Bariatric, Gender Reassignment, and Spinal Cord Stimulator (SCS). To learn more contact Dr. Mindia today.