Some medical procedures such as spinal cord stimulator implantations or bariatric surgeries may require that the patient go through a psychological clearance evaluation before the surgery. There are several reasons why this may be requested:
The psychological evaluation may take between 2-4 hours and consists of a clinical interview with the psychologist, and completion of psychological questionnaires and personality tests. A cognitive screener may be given. The psychologist would also review medical records and would write a report, which would be sent to the referring physician. The report would include any recommended treatment that would help to improve the outcome of the surgical procedure.