The Psychology of Gastric Bypass Surgery
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- Glinski, J., Wetzler, S. & Goodman, E. OBES SURG (2001) 11: 581. doi:10.1381/09608920160557057
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Background: This article discusses the importance of psychological evaluation of gastric bypass (GBP) surgery candidates and post-surgical psychological support services, using the Center for Weight Reduction Surgery at Montefiore Medical Center as a model. The study of psychological predictors of post-operative outcome is in its beginning stages, and the small body of literature on this topic is reviewed. Methods: 115 GBP surgery candidates completed a clinical interview and a self-report measure, the MMPI-2. Results and Conclusions: A high prevalence of psychopathology and personality disturbance was found in this population.The impact that psychological disturbance may have on post-operative outcome is discussed.The authors also provide a qualitative analysis of the psychological themes commonly found among this population, as well as psychosocial interventions that have been found helpful.