Many physicians and surgeons require a psychological evaluation prior to surgery. Evaluations are commonly requested prior to elective surgeries, bariatric surgery, transplants, and electrical pain-stimulation surgery. An evaluation can help to discern if there are any psychological factors that may prevent one from following post-surgery medical advice or issues that may interfere with recovery. An evaluation will allow your surgeon to analyze pre-surgery risk levels and address any issues or concerns prior to surgery. The assessment can’t “predict” an outcome, but can raise issues for further exploration by your treatment team, if needed. Combining pre-surgery evaluations with your physician’s advice can help you achieve the best possible outcome to your surgery or medical procedure.