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Portion Control Without Mind Control: The Orbera Intragastric Balloon Makes Dieting Easier Feb 1st, 2020

Cutting back on how much you eat is an important part of weight loss. But if you’ve been trying unsuccessfully to lose weight by dieting, you know how challenging it can be to reduce your portion sizes. No matter how determined you are and how hard you try to summon...

Can Duodenal Switch Surgery Cure My Type 2 Diabetes? Jan 1st, 2020

Type 2 diabetes is a serious medical condition that occurs when your blood sugar is too high. It affects more than 27 million Americans. An additional 84 million Americans have prediabetes, a condition in which blood sugar is elevated, but not yet high enough to be considered Type 2 diabetes....

Spots, Scars, and Stretch Marks: Lasers Can Treat Them All Dec 1st, 2019

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have perfect skin? Unfortunately, few of us do. Most of us have imperfect skin marred by flaws, such as spots, scars, lines, wrinkles, and stretch marks. If imperfections make you feel unhappy about the state of your skin, consider laser treatment. Lasers offer a safe,...

Losing Weight Lowers Your Risk of These Chronic Conditions Nov 1st, 2019

Obesity isn’t just a cosmetic concern. It can also have a big impact on your health, boosting your risk of developing a range of chronic conditions. Fortunately, losing weight can help improve your health by lowering your chances of getting obesity-linked chronic illnesses. At Northwest EndoSurgical in Houston, Dr. Matthew...

6 Signs You May Have a Nutrient Deficiency Oct 1st, 2019

Your body requires many different vitamins, minerals, and other kinds of nutrients to function at its highest level. Nutrients play a crucial role in immunity, heart health, disease prevention, metabolism, and many other body processes. You need a full range of nutrients for optimal health. Generally, these nutrients come from...

Struggling with Menopause Symptoms? Hormone Replacement Therapy Can Help Sep 1st, 2019

Do you struggle with unpleasant menopause symptoms? Are you enduring hot flashes and night sweats? Have you put on weight? Is vaginal dryness interfering with your enjoyment of sex?  If so, you might benefit from hormone replacement therapy (HRT). HRT replaces the hormones that your ovaries no longer produce.  Here...

Finish Off Your Weight-Loss Journey with Body Contouring Aug 1st, 2019

Bariatric surgery is an excellent way for extremely overweight people to shed excess pounds. And making changes to your diet and exercise regimen can go a long way toward helping you achieve your weight loss goals. But even as you become leaner and fitter, you may still have areas of...

Choosing the Best Weight Loss Surgery Option for You Jul 1st, 2019

Weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, offers a potential alternative to people who struggle to drop excess weight through diet and exercise.  Bariatric surgery procedures help bring about weight loss in obese people by decreasing the amount of food your stomach can comfortably hold and by causing hormonal...

Can the Obalon Balloon System Help Me Achieve My Weight Loss Goals? May 31st, 2019

Weight loss surgery can provide a safe, effective option for overweight or obese people who can’t lose enough weight through diet and exercise alone. If you’re considering weight loss surgery, which is also known as bariatric surgery, you have a range of options. One of them is the gastric balloon...

Understanding How LAP-BAND Works and Whether It's Right for You May 10th, 2019

Hundreds of thousands of people choose to have weight-loss surgery each year. One of their surgical options is laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding, a type of surgery in which an adjustable band placed around the stomach limits the amount of food a person can eat before feeling full. Here at Northwest...

How do Medical-Grade Dietary Supplements Differ from Those Bought at the Drugstore? Apr 6th, 2019

Doctors recommend dietary supplements for various reasons. You may lack a specific nutrient that you can’t get enough of from the foods you eat. You may have a medical condition that can be treated with or be prevented by the extra nutrients found in dietary supplements. Or if you have...

Losing Those Last Stubborn Pounds with CoolSculptingⓇ Mar 14th, 2019

If you’ve worked hard to lose weight, either through diet, exercise, surgery, or a combination of approaches, you know that dropping those last few stubborn pounds that stand between you and your goal can pose a real challenge. Sometimes shedding those final pounds can seem nearly impossible no matter how...

Stuck in a Weight Loss Plateau? Here’s How Bariatric Revision Surgery Can Help Feb 12th, 2019

Most patients who undergo bariatric surgery experience significant weight loss after their surgery. They are pleased and excited with their results. However, sometimes people hit a plateau, meaning their weight loss levels off before they reach their final weight goal. For patients such as these, bariatric revision surgery may allow...

Tips for Preparing for and Recovering from Gastric Sleeve Surgery Jan 17th, 2019

If you’ve struggled to lose excess weight through diet and exercise but can’t meet your goals, you may consider weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery. There are several types of weight loss surgery to choose from. Gastric sleeve surgery is one of the most effective types of weight...

How CoolSculpting Can Help Tone Trouble Areas Dec 4th, 2018

When you can’t manage to lose stubborn pockets of fat through diet and exercise, an advanced body sculpting treatment known as CoolSculpting can help. CoolSculpting is a noninvasive, nonsurgical, pain-free fat-freezing treatment that safely removes excess fat without surgery or other invasive procedures. If you’d like to contour your physique,...

Why Revision Surgery is Sometimes Needed After Bariatric Procedures Nov 8th, 2018

People who receive bariatric surgery procedures sometimes need what’s known as revision surgery. This is an additional surgery that occurs months or even years after their primary surgery. Although most patients achieve the results they’re looking for after just one bariatric surgery, a small number need the additional procedure. If...

5 Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy Oct 5th, 2018

Hormonal changes can have a dramatic impact on both women and men during midlife.Women experience menopause, which is a time when the female body makes less estrogen and progesterone. And men undergo andropause, a time when the male body produces decreasing levels of testosterone.Unfortunately, menopause and andropause can contribute to...

The Noninvasive Procedures That Can Melt Unwanted Fat Sep 13th, 2018

Diet and exercise are great ways to lose excess weight and fat. However, sometimes they don’t give you the lean, toned body you’re looking for. No matter how hard you try, you may fail to rid yourself of stubborn bulges of fat on your belly, hips, and thighs.If you’re feeling...

Minimize Scars With Laser Therapy Aug 3rd, 2018

Scars are areas of thick tissue that have grown over a wound, skin condition, or surgical incision. Scar tissue may look different from the skin around it. It may be shinier or a darker or lighter shade than the surrounding skin.Although a scar may fade over time, it won’t go...

Dietary Tips for LAP-BAND Patients Jul 23rd, 2018

Dietary Tips for LAP-BAND PatientsDuring LAP-BAND surgery, your doctor places an adjustable silicone band around your stomach. This band, which is known as a LAP-BAND device, creates a small pouch, known as a gastric pouch, that fills up quickly when you eat.Having a LAP-BAND helps with weight loss because it...

Beyond a Slimmer Body: The Many Health Benefits of Bariatric Surgery Jun 6th, 2018

There’s little doubt that losing excess pounds can positively impact the way you feel about your appearance. And bariatric surgery can be a very effective tool in helping you achieve your weight loss goals, so you can finally claim that slimmer body you crave.Dr. St. Laurent is a gifted bariatric...

Laser Therapy Can Banish Your Unwanted Hair Before Summer May 18th, 2018

Summer is on the horizon, and it’s time to break out that new bathing suit. It’s easy to get excited planning your new summer wear until you realize all the maintenance work you’ll need to do on your legs, underarms, and bikini area during the months ahead.To make your summer...

Is Bariatric Revision Surgery Right for You? Apr 13th, 2018

Bariatric surgery is an effective method to help people with severe obesity lose weight. Severe obesity is defined as having a BMI (body mass index) of over 35. It’s often challenging for people with severe obesity to lose weight through diet and exercise alone. The number of people having bariatric...

Could Your Lack of Energy Be Remedied with Hormone Replacement Therapy? Mar 29th, 2018

Fatigue can negatively impact every facet of your life, making it difficult to work, do household tasks, take care of yourself, or even to take pleasure in the hobbies and activities that bring you joy. If you’re experiencing hormonal changes, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) could help you feel energetic again....

Noninvasive Body Sculpting Treatments to Get You Ready for Swimsuit Season Feb 22nd, 2018

It’s never too early to start prepping your body for the summer swimsuit season, and Northwest EndoSurgical can help. Dr. Matthew St. Laurent is a body sculpting specialist and can help you get rid of stubborn fat deposits in your belly, thighs, and hips that you can’t eliminate through a...

Stressed? Time to Sweat It Out! Feb 1st, 2018

Feeling stressed? You’re not alone.Stress is an inevitable part of our modern existence. Whether you’re the CEO of a large company, a Kindergarten teacher or a construction worker, you have stress to deal with. We all have bills to pay, relationships to maintain and challenges to get through.But you don’t...

Get Faster Results With These 4 Tactics Feb 1st, 2018

Have you ever been frustrated over a lack of results from your workout routine? If so, you are in good company. Even the most seasoned athletes experience times when their results plateau.When you continue to put in the same effort day after day with little or no results it is safe...

These 7 Habits Separate The Fit From The Flabby Feb 1st, 2018

Many people ask me how to quickly and easily get fit. While I know they are hoping for a simple answer, the reality is that getting and staying fit is a lifestyle, not a quick fix.So what do fit people do in their “healthy lifestyle”? Take a peek with the...

Ready for a Change? Feb 1st, 2018

Do you wish you could change something about your life right now?I’m here to argue that change can happen in an instant.I know this goes against popular thought. Most people believe that change has to be worked at for months or even years. We expect to try and fail numerous...

New Prescription For You… Feb 1st, 2018

Dr. Joseph Mercola, a well-known health advocate, has an interesting take on exercise.He believes that it should be prescribed, like any other medication, in daily doses.“The simple act of writing out a prescription for exercise is an excellent approach to being proactive in regard to your health. It’s also far...

Do Your Kids Eat Too Much Junk? Feb 1st, 2018

Every parent wants good things for their children: a positive outlook on life, a healthy respect for authority, a strong sense of self, a disease-free body…a healthy body weight.Despite our best intentions, a recent report suggests that for the first time in two centuries, the current generation of children may...

Weight Loss Plateau Feb 1st, 2018

What are weight loss plateaus and are they normal after bariatric surgery?Why has my weight loss stopped? Am I doing something wrong or has the surgery simply not worked for me? These are just a few of the questions we address regularly regarding slow or no weight loss after bariatric...

Exercise After Bariatric Surgery Feb 1st, 2018

Exercise after bariatric surgery is important to overall health and aids in weight loss and weight maintenance.  Guidelines for exercise vary with each patient and their functional health status before and after surgery. While most patients’ health and mobility improves significantly, they can still have joint, cardiovascular, or other limitations...