The goal of a pre-surgical evaluation is to determine which patients will have the best chance of responding to surgery. Some patients will be poor responders to surgical intervention regardless of how successful the procedure may be. Here’s what you should know.

Others may have a better chance of responding to surgery if they have first received other appropriate treatments which make them more receptive to a surgical intervention. Some patients may first need to become more aware of factors in their lives which will interfere with a successful response to surgery. These same patients may need help in identifying and eliminating the problems that will interfere with their recovery.

The pre-surgical psychological evaluation is not designed to eliminate candidates from surgery. It is designed to assist the surgeon, the patient, and the family in making appropriate decisions, and treatment choices, depending on the particular needs of the patient. It focuses on the patient, the personality style response pattern, personal life issues, and other factors that are important. It does not focus on psychological problems, but focuses more on those factors that can cause problems for effectively utilizing the medical system.

Pre-surgical psychological evaluations deal with factors of medical over-utilization in an effort to reduce costs, improve compliance, patients and others involved. Many medical patients are exhausted, confused, overwhelmed, not coping well, and need help in stabilization emotionally prior to having any chance of using the medical system in an appropriate cost-effective manner.

Here’s what you need to know about presurgical evaluations:

  • Insurance companies, and physicians, require them because there is an interest in choosing the best possible person for surgery.
  • Not everyone has the best response to surgery or post-surgical rehabilitation.
  • There may be additional pain management techniques that could help you. We are experts in pain management active-self-care skills.
  • Our interest is not in blocking access to surgery. We want to assist in helping you to become the best candidate possible.
  • It may be that we can help you to improve your functioning, reduce your pain so you will know how to help yourself improve over time.
  • If you are not, at this time, the best candidate for the proposed surgical intervention, we will discuss with you alternatives that can help you improve. This may allow you to be a better candidate later.
  • Rushing, wanting to have the solution now, searching for the one cure, being upset and anxious, or trying to make yourself look good are some of the things that may make you a poor candidate for surgery at this time.

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