We offer psychological medical bariatric surgery behavioral health evaluations and we provide post bariatric surgery mental health counseling.
If you are having bariatric surgery, your insurance company will most likely recommend a psychological medical bariatric surgery evaluation to be approved for the procedure.
We have extensive experience performing psychological medical bariatric surgery evaluations and we will make sure our evaluations comply too your insurance company requirements and your surgery office receives the evaluations in a timely manner. After surgery we recommend bariatric surgery mental health counseling sessions to help you stay on the right track for long term success.
The most common types of weight loss surgeries we work with include: gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and adjustable gastric band.
Known to medical professionals as Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, this type of surgery has proven to be an effective and reliable method for weight loss in the majority of bariatric surgery cases. A small pouch is formed from your stomach while the rest of it is separated from your esophagus and small intestine. This pouch is then connected to the small intestine to allow food to pass through. This limits the quantity of food the patient can consume at any one time and limits how much time they have to digest it. This process also causes hormonal changes that reduce hunger and improves satiety. Its primary drawbacks are its complexity, the possibility of vitamin and mineral deficiencies over the long term, and the extended hospital stay following the procedure.
This form of bariatric surgery is performed via a minimally invasive process known as Laparoscopic surgery. Through small incisions in your abdomen, as much as 80% of your stomach is removed, leaving only a banana-shaped tubular pouch. It has the same general benefits of the gastric bypass, but weight loss results aren’t quite as high. The hospital stay is shorter, but unlike the gastric bypass, this procedure cannot be reversed. Vitamin and Mineral deficiencies are not a prevalent as the by-pass, but vitamin and mineral status should still be monitored at least yearly or as recommended by your weight loss surgeon.
Adjustable Gastric Band
This procedure is the easiest to reverse and involves the least complex surgery. An inflatable bag is fitted around the top of the stomach that can be inflated and deflated easily. This procedure induces a feeling of fullness and satisfaction without restricting the flow of food. It is fully reversible and has shown itself to be the safest of the bariatric treatments, demonstrating fewer complications after surgery than the other treatments, however weight loss tends to be less than with gastric sleeve or gastric bypass procedures.
How do I get started with mental health counseling?
Contact us and our receptionist will schedule you with one of our mental health therapists for an initial 50 minute appointment at one of our office locations or virtually through our HIPPA compliant telehealth system or over the telephone.
All of our mental health therapists are in network with United, BCBS and Aetna. Most insurance companies now offer mental health benefits. If you have insurance benefits for mental health and you have met your deductible you only need to pay your co – pay at the time of session if you have one. For more information about your insurance benefits please visit our insurance and billing page.
Self – Pay Rates
If you do not have insurance for mental health therapy we will give you a superbill to submit to your insurance company for reimbursement
Medical bariatric surgery behavioral health evaluation (includes 2 x 50 minute initial mental health counseling sessions or an initial 1 hour and 45 minute session) …………………………….…………………………………….…… $400
50 minute mental health counseling initial sessions ………………………….$200
50 minute mental health counseling follow-up sessions ……………..$150