Psychology is an integral discipline of the Peak weight-loss program.
Bariatric surgery is a significant, often irreversible decision. The major operation attracts some considerable lifestyle changes that the patient must emotionally prepare for, and guidance from an experienced psychologist is a central part of this process.
Weight-loss surgery involves a broad range of complex procedures. Before a personalised treatment program is decided, every patient must undergo a thorough psychological assessment to determine whether they can commit to the lifestyle changes required post-surgery to achieve the best outcomes.
In the initial discovery session, the psychologist will ascertain contributing factors that led to obesity, the role food plays in the life of the patient, and devise strategies that will help the patient manage the changes that will lead to their healthier life.
The initial pre-surgery consultation is essential for the patient to receive a rebate from their healthcare fund. Without a psychological assessment to demonstrate their suitability as a candidate for surgery, a healthcare fund is unlikely to support the process.
Support from the Peak psychologist is long-term and continues for at least 12 months after discharge while the patient settles into their new lifestyle.
Awareness of eating habits is absolutely crucial to the long-term success of the program. The Peak psychologist equips patients with tools to create mindfulness surrounding repetitive behaviours to ensure new habits are positive and healthy post-surgery and beyond.
During this time of adjustment, emotional wellbeing is monitored to make sure the patient is adapting well to life post-surgery and remains committed to sustaining their weight loss.
A standard program of psychology visits as part of Peak may look like this:
First visit – Initial consultation before surgery.
Second visit – Generally, at six months post-surgery.
Third visit – If old habits start to return, or if new unhealthy habits are forming.
Fourth visit – We recommend a consultation at 12 months post-surgery or when weight loss has tapered off.
Fifth visit – If the patient is struggling to manage the changes in their life post-surgery and needs support or new coping strategies, the patient can arrange a referral through their GP.
Impromptu visits – Psychological support is essential to achieve the best outcomes from bariatric surgery. Significant weight loss, regardless of how it's achieved, will attract changes to lifestyle and emotions, and these changes present themselves differently in every patient. To guarantee the best outcomes from surgery and long into the future, support is available at a time that the patient needs it the most either face-to-face or via email.
Our psychologists work alongside the clinical team, including surgeons, to offer a multidimensional approach to weight loss surgery that promises the best days of the patient's life are ahead.