Bariatric surgery is designed to help patients address obesity and significantly improve their overall health.
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent of Houston, TX, offers several different types of bariatric surgery in order to meet the diverse needs of patients.
If you are interested in weight loss surgery, schedule a consultation with the team at Northwest Endosurgical today...
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If you have been unable to lose weight through diet and exercise, surgical intervention may be what you need to overcome obesity. At Northwest Endosurgical, we serve greater Houston from our office in Cypress, TX, and help patients like you experience long-term, healthy, sustainable weight loss through bariatric surgery.
Are you wondering whether weight loss surgery is right for you? You can find out by taking our 60-second survey or you can schedule a personal consultation with Dr. St. Laurent by contacting us today.
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Doctor St. Laurent and his team take time listening to and explaining options to patients while encouraging pro-active and timely decision-making. His office and staff treat people with human dignity, not like numbers. I have consulted with many doctors before over the years and this was by far the nicest office with the best group you are going to find. A luxurious experience that truly helps people reach their goals, it does not get better than this.View On Google
It's very rare that you find a really really good doctor. Especially one who is seriously interested in your well being. Its not a gimic. It's what he does. From his office staff to his team of assistants, they are all the best. I highly recommend Dr. St. Laurent and his team. I had surgery in November and to date I have lost almost 45 pounds. I am thrilled to be a success story in his book. I am a new person!! Thank you Northwest EndoSurgical Team!!! I will continue with my journey.View On Google
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Gastric bypass surgery involves dividing the stomach into two sections: a smaller upper section and a larger lower section. The small intestine is then connected to the upper portion of the stomach. After gastric bypass surgery, food will bypass the lower part of the stomach, allowing patients to feel full after consuming much less food. Although gastric bypass requires significant modifications to the stomach, it can help patients achieve a substantial amount of weight loss. Our surgeon will carefully assess your individual case to determine if gastric bypass or another type of bariatric surgery is right for you.
During gastric sleeve surgery, also known as sleeve gastrectomy, Dr. St. Laurent removes a significant portion of stomach tissue, leaving a small section that resembles a thin, vertical “sleeve," which is then stapled shut. Having a smaller stomach limits the amount of food a patient can consume during a single meal. Over time, patients experience weight loss as their caloric intake becomes reduced. During a consultation, our surgeon can explain the full benefits of sleeve gastrectomy and discuss your needs and goals to determine if this bariatric treatment is right for you.
To perform a procedure known as duodenal switch, Dr. St. Laurent removes a large portion of the stomach and shortens the small intestine. Then, he will attach the intestine to the new, smaller stomach pouch. In order to reduce post-operative nutritional deficiencies, Dr. St. Laurent performs the SIPS (stomach intestinal pylorus-sparing surgery) technique. After a duodenal switch procedure, consumed food will bypass the upper portion of the small intestine, decreasing the amount of calories absorbed. This procedure can be revised or used to revise a previous type of surgery.
With the LAP-BAND system, Dr. St. Laurent places a LAP-BAND adjustable gastric band around the stomach, creating a smaller area for food. This decrease in size allows patients to feel as though they are full after eating only a small amount of food. After surgery, your caloric intake should drastically decrease, helping you to gradually lose weight. The LAP-BAND system offers several unique benefits. Most notably, it does not require significant modifications to your stomach or intestines. In addition, it can be easily reversed, should you decide in the future that the LAP-BAND system is not right for your lifestyle.
In some cases, a patient will regain a significant amount of weight or experience complications following a bariatric procedure, necessitating a second surgery. Revision bariatric surgery may involve addressing an issue that arose from the initial procedure, or Dr. St. Laurent may convert one type of procedure into another. For example, we can use revision surgery to convert a gastric sleeve into a gastric bypass or duodenal switch, or convert LAP-BAND into a gastric bypass. Dr. St. Laurent will review your unique situation to determine the types of revision surgery that are right for you.
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At Northwest Endosurgical in Houston, TX, we understand that choosing weight loss surgery is a major and potentially intimidating decision. If you are just beginning to research the possibilities of bariatric surgery, we applaud you for taking your health seriously and seeking a solution to obesity. Now, you can get one step closer to life-changing weight loss by scheduling a consultation with Dr. St. Laurent.
Consultations at our practice are informative, honest, and low-stress. Dr. St. Laurent won't shame you for your weight or try to sell you a surgical procedure that you don't need. Instead, he'll take time to get to know you and help you understand the benefits and risks of bariatric surgery.
You can request your consultation right now by filling out our online form or giving our office a call.
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Bariatric Surgery Resources
Bariatric surgery is not recommended for all patients who are overweight. Instead, these procedures are designed for patients who have a body mass index (BMI) above 40, a BMI of 35 and an obesity-related condition, or those who are more than 100 pounds above their ideal body weight. Dr. St. Laurent will evaluate your candidacy for bariatric surgery during a personal consultation. In addition to meeting physical criteria, candidates must be ready to make significant lifestyle changes to help maintain a healthy weight and avoid future complications.
Before surgery, we provide patients with a bariatric surgery guide to help ensure a safe and successful procedure. Since proper planning is vital to the ultimate success of your weight loss surgery, the guide will include instructions for both before and after your treatment. You can refer to the guide for pre- and post-operative meal plans, as well as recovery and eating guidelines for the coming years. It is imperative that patients follow all behavior modification instructions and exercise recommendations after surgery for continued success.
We offer several weight loss surgeries, and each has its own set of benefits and important considerations. In order to help our patients make fully informed decisions about their care, we educate them about the differences between bariatric treatments. Each procedure involves a unique surgical technique and affects the body in different ways. In addition, the necessary lifestyle adjustments following surgery will be different depending on the procedure. During your consultation, Dr. St. Laurent will help you better understand the benefits and potential complications of each procedure.
Questions about the cost of bariatric surgery are usually at the forefront of our patients' minds. At our Houston-area practice, we do everything we can to help you afford weight loss surgery. We accept several forms of financing, offer monthly payment plans, and will help you maximize any available insurance benefits. We are upfront and honest about the cost of our weight loss services, so you won't have to worry about receiving a surprise bill. All questions about price and financing can be answered at your initial consultation.
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I went for a consultation and Dr. St. Laurent was so kind and patient. He explained everything in detail. His knowledge is vast, and he shares it with you in a way that leaves you feeling informed and comfortable. Knowing that you made the best choice for yourself. I also like the way he addresses the issue with you. He doesn’t talk down to you, but he lets you know that it’s a team effort and MY PART IS ESSENTIALLY!! Give him a tryView On Google
The Staff at Northwest Endo Surgical are courteous, professional and very friendly. They really work hard with you at every step to ensure you feel informed and confident in your care. Dr. St. Laurent is awesome. From the seminar to my first consultation, the information he lays out in great detail will really help you make the right decision for yourself. And they are so helpful...SO Helpful. I know am in good hands when dealing with Dr. St. Laurent and his staff.View On Google
You may not be ready to commit to the permanent effects of surgical weight loss procedure like gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy. In that case, you can consider the gastric balloon. During a gastric balloon procedure, Dr. St. Laurent inserts a deflated balloon through your esophagus and into your stomach. Then, he inflates the balloon so it takes up a significant amount of space in your stomach. The treatment is safe, involves no incisions, and leads to healthy weight loss.