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Pre-surgical Psychological Evaluations

Psychological Evaluations are often required prior to certain types of surgery such back surgery, spinal cord stimulator implant, and gastric bypass surgery. If your doctor has referred you for a psychological evaluation prior to a surgical procedure, the purpose of this evaluation is to help your doctor determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure, and to identify any psychological or emotional issues that might affect the outcome. The psychological evaluation will assist your doctor in developing the most effective treatment plan.

Rest assured, your doctor recognizes that you have a legitimate medical condition and that the physical symptoms you are experiencing are real. Although your physical symptoms are based on a medical diagnosis, there are certain psychological variables that can influence the intensity, frequency, severity, and duration of your medical problem. The psychological evaluation identifies these variables if they are present. Identification and treatment of psychological factors increases the probability of the satisfactory surgical outcome.

The evaluation will consist of a detailed interview and the administration of one or two psychological tests. A written report, including recommendations, will be sent to your doctor upon completion of testing.