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Support Groups and Behavioral Science 

Support Groups and Behavioral Science
Support Groups and Behavioral Science

Christina M. Rummell

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date: 19 January 2022

While a psychological evaluation is often a required part of a weight-loss surgery workup, providers are becoming aware of the need for behavioral health services during each phase of the surgery process. Research has documented a higher prevalence of psychiatric comorbidities in severely obese patient populations, with those who receive behavioral health interventions before surgery having better outcomes than those who do not. Common recommendations and interventions for pre- and postoperative behavioral health optimization are reviewed and discussed.

Statistics indicate a greater lifetime prevalence of substance use disorders in weight-loss surgery patients than in the general population. Postoperative complications have been shown to result from substance abuse, making it one of the top-cited contraindications for surgery. Preliminary recommendations for assessing and addressing substance use in bariatric surgery candidates are discussed.

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