Kristal Maris Lost a Total of 240 Pounds

In this bariatric surgery review, Kristal Maris explains that she thought she was having issues with her gastric bypass surgery from 2004. After considering her options, she underwent revision surgery by Dr. St. Laurent. She has since lost an additional 140 pounds on top of her original weight loss of 100 pounds.

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Gastric Banding / LAP BAND Surgery in Jacksonville, Florida

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Gastric Bypass Gastric Banding Sleeve Gastrectomy Loop Duodenal Switch (SADI-S) Orbera Gastric Balloon
Procedure
  • Minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure involving multiple areas of the abdomen changes normal process of digestion
  • Potentially reversible
  • Minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure no stomach stapling, cutting or intestinal re-routing
  • Reversible
  • Minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure requires stapling
  • Does not change the process of digestion
  • Less complicated than bypass and Loop DS
  • Not reversible
  • Minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure involving multiple areas of the abdomen changes normal process of digestion
  • Single anastomosis
  • Not reversible
  • Non surgical technique
  • No general anesthesia
  • No stomach stapling, cutting or intestinal re-routing
  • Reversible
Implanted Device
  • No significant hardware in body
  • Requires implanted medical device
  • No significant hardware in body
  • No significant hardware in body
  • Requires temporary, implanted medical device
Advantages
  • Rapid initial weight loss
  • Slightly increased total weight loss
  • Improved or resolved conditions associated with obesity
  • Improved quality of life
  • Low mortality rate
  • Low complication rate
  • No change to normal digestion or nutrient absorption
  • Very low risk of surgical complications
  • No Dumping Syndrome
  • Lower mortality rate
  • Improved or resolved conditions associated with obesity
  • Improved quality of life
  • Rapid initial weight loss
  • Less complicated procedure compared to bypass or Loop DS
  • Leaves stomach openings intact so digestion occurs normally
  • Lower risk of surgical complications
  • No Dumping Syndrome
  • Improved or resolved conditions associated with obesity
  • Improved quality of life
  • Rapid initial weight loss
  • Increased total weight loss compared to bypass and sleeve
  • Improved or resolved conditions associated with obesity especially diabetes
  • No Dumping Syndrome
  • Low mortality rate
  • Low complication rate
  • Improved quality of life
  • No change to normal digestion or nutrient absorption
  • Lowest risk of surgical complications
  • Lowest mortality rate
  • No Dumping Syndrome
  • Improved conditions associated with obesity
  • Improved quality of life
Risks or Complications
  • Changes normal digestion with increased risk of vitamin mineral deficiencies
  • Staple separation or leakage
  • Potential inability to see some organs with x-ray or endoscopy
  • Ulcers
  • Dumping syndrome
  • Increased gas
  • Band may slip, leak or erode port may dislodge
  • Tube and port complications (kinking, infection and disconnection)
  • Esophageal spasm
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Inflammation of the esophagus of stomach
  • Staple separation or leakage
  • Ulcers
  • Dyspepsia (upset stomach or indigestion)
  • Esophageal dysmotility
  • Fistula (an abnormal connection between organs or vessels)
  • Changes normal digestion with increased risk of vitamin mineral deficiencies
  • Staple separation or leakage
  • Potential inability to see some organs with x-ray or endoscopy
  • Ulcers
  • Dyspepsia (upset stomach or indigestion)
  • Frequent stools
  • Nausea, cramping and some dry heaves during first 1-2 weeks in all patients
  • Balloon deflation
  • Possible gastric erosion or ulcer if not taking antacid medication
Recovery
  • Normal activity within one week; full recovery within two to three weeks
  • Normal activity within one week; full recovery within two to three weeks
  • Normal activity within one week; full recovery within two to three weeks
  • Normal activity within one week; full recovery within two to three weeks
  • Normal activity within one week; full recovery within two to three weeks
Follow-Up
  • Regular follow up to track progress every 2-3 months the first 1-2 years
  • Follow up yearly after stable weight is achieved
  • Regular follow up to track progress and adjust band every 4-6 weeks the first 1-2 years
  • Follow up yearly after stable weight is achieved
  • Regular follow up to track progress every 2-3 months the first 1-2 years
  • Follow up yearly after stable weight is achieved
  • Regular follow up to track progress every 2-3 months the first 1-2 years
  • Follow up yearly after stable weight is achieved
  • Regular follow up to track progress every 4 weeks the first 1year
  • Follow up yearly after stable weight is achieved
Weight Loss
  • RAPID WEIGHT LOSS  over 3-6 months, settling at final weight 18-24 months after surgery.
  • Slow and steady weight loss setting at final weight around five years after surgery.
  • About 50-70% of desired weight loss within first year; about 80% of desired weight loss at about two years
  • Patients with a BMI > 60 may require additional malabsorptive procedure to achieve total weight loss goal.
  • RAPID WEIGHT LOSS  over 3-6 months, settling at final weight 18-24 months after surgery.
  • Balloon removed after 6 months
  • Slow and steady weight loss while balloon is in. Slower weight loss over next 6 months with final weight around 1 year after the procedure.
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent

Northwest Endosurgical

At Northwest EndoSurgical in Houston, Texas, Dr. Matthew St. Laurent helps patients achieve dramatic weight loss and improved health through bariatric surgery. Dr. St. Laurent is one of the most experienced bariatric surgeons in greater Houston, and he is affiliated with several professional organizations, including:

  • The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
  • The American College of Surgeons
  • The Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons
  • The Obesity Action Coalition
  • The American Medical Association
  • The Texas Medical Association
  • The International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO)

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