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When i first looked up this surgery and decided to get it i had no clue about the psychological evaluation part. I thought that was just maybe for people who use insurance and they require it. So far that is what is standing in the way of me scheduling my surgery. The psychologist the doctor is recommending has no openings for 3 months. 3 months literally wasted in my opinion. I tried going elsewhere and each one is rejected by my doctors office because they don't do very specific testing called MMPI and some other i forget what its called. I checked with the Endohospital in Mexico and they don't even do psych evals.

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The purpose of the psychological assessment is to find any undiagnosed mental illness, substance abuse or eating disorders that may make you unsuccessful or even endanger your health post surgery. The MMPI is a very reputable tool to help with that assessment. It’s unfortunate that your clinic doesn’t have a handful of doctors that they use but if they are requiring one that uses the MMPI it sounds like they are trying to make sure the assessment is not a waste of your time and money. My psychological assessment was a joke I did not do any written testing and the talking portion of the assessment lasted about five minutes. They did not even ask me anything about my eating habits or expectations from the surgery. Post surgery I learned that I have issues of emotional and boredom eating that I wish someone had picked up on Prior to surgery. I am slowly losing the weight but I worry if I don’t get to the root of those issues soon that I will be one of those who Regain. I would probably be frustrated about the three months too but in my opinion your team is looking out for you by making sure the doctor they use Does a thorough evaluation. If it were me I would ask them if they have a cancellation list or if you can call ever so often to see if they have any new openings.

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So basically if i fail the exam i cant get the surgery? Well then if that happens i am off to the dealership and buying me a brand new jetski with the $20K i have for the surgery lol.

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7 minutes ago, seadoo2021 said:

So basically if i fail the exam i cant get the surgery? Well then if that happens i am off to the dealership and buying me a brand new jetski with the $20K i have for the surgery lol.

lol. It’s not really a pass/ fail type thing. If they do find an issue then they work with you until the issue is resolved or stable and then you get the surgery. Even mental illnesses like bipolar disorder which used to disqualify you from the surgery do not anymore as long as they are being treated and you are stable.

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Interesting lol. But paying out of pocket and these psych people charge over a hundred dollars an hour, seems to be in their best interest to keep you for extra sessions. We shall see what happens. If I do end up needing more sessions then i will contact endo hospital in Mexico and get it done there since they dont require it and save me about 10 grand lol.

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6 minutes ago, seadoo2021 said:

Interesting lol. But paying out of pocket and these psych people charge over a hundred dollars an hour, seems to be in their best interest to keep you for extra sessions. We shall see what happens. If I do end up needing more sessions then i will contact endo hospital in Mexico and get it done there since they dont require it and save me about 10 grand lol.

If they were not already overbooked and needed work I would agree that they may be tempted to keep you coming back but they make quite a bit more money on the initial assessment than follow ups. Money wise it’s in their best interest to see you once and send you on your way. I have been on these boards for 8 months now and I have heard of very few people who had more than the one session before being cleared.

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