Dr. Boules has been specializing in bariatric evaluations and treatment for obesity for 25 years. Psychological assessment for bariatric surgery is required prior to making such an important decision in one’s life. The assessment is designed to screen patients for significant mental health problems that might render the surgery less effective. It is important that patients understand the pros and cons, the risks involved and the overall commitment to making major lifestyle changes.
Dr. Boules addresses issues such as eating disorders, educate patients about the psychology behind their weight. She helps manage expectations and perceptions about the surgery process and how the surgery is just a step towards health and balance.
Healthy behavioral strategies are addressed to empower an individual towards changes both before and after the surgery. Dr. Boules offers the initial evaluation prior to surgery and encourages patients to seek therapy before surgery to incorporate changes and then after surgery to help patients move towards lifestyle success.