Before weight loss surgery, you will need to have certain investigations to ensure that the procedure is safe and suitable for you. These assessments include:
- Physical assessment: The physical assessment is intended to assess your medical history and identify factors that can cause complications to weight loss surgery. The examinations include blood tests, chest X-rays, electrocardiograph (ECG) to determine the electrical activity of your heart, spirometer to check your breathing pattern and ultrasound scan to detect the presence of gallstones and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
- Psychological assessment: The psychological assessment is carried out to assess your general mental health status and to assess for any emotional problems that could hinder the success of your These may include conditions and emotional problems that prevent you from following a healthy lifestyle after surgery, and unhealthy patterns of eating that could lead to problems following surgery.
- Nutritional assessment: The nutritional assessment is carried out to assess the history of your diet, eating patterns and its effect on your obesity, and your awareness on the changes in diet and lifestyle you will have to follow after surgery. It helps your dietician to plan the post-surgery dietary commitments for you.