For some people who struggle with obesity, diet and exercise just aren't enough to achieve healthy weight loss.
Gastric bypass surgery is a tried-and-true method of surgically helping patients control their appetites and lose weight.
Why should you choose Dr. Matthew St. Laurent and his team at Northwest EndoSurgical in the Houston, TX, area for your gastric bypass?
What Is Gastric Bypass Surgery?
Gastric bypass surgery is one of the most commonly performed weight loss surgeries in the U.S. Also known as Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, this procedure divides the stomach into two separate pouches: upper and lower. The small intestine is then modified to connect it to the upper pouch. This procedure is performed in a hospital setting under general anesthesia and is considered a major operation. Techniques and technology have been improving steadily over the last 50 years, and the procedure is one of the safest and most reliable gastric procedures available today.
The procedure is sometimes referred to as "Roux-en-Y" because of the surgeon who pioneered the technique (César Roux) and the alignment of the stomach and intestines after the surgery somewhat resembles a Y.
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5-Star Reviews From Houston "They may have helped save my life."
The team at Northwest Endosurgical is amazing. A summarization of their practice could be, "We Care, and We'll Help You Get There". They are very good at what they do. Dr. St. Laurent made me very confident and comfortable during and after the procedure. The dieticians are excellent. They are very patient and supportive. The team stands out by providing accountability and care, without shaming... they may have helped save my life.View on Google
Very friendly environment. Dr. spends time with you discussing your situation. All of the staff are very patient focused. They really exemplify listening to the patient, and taking time to explain.View on Google
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Have you tried unsuccessfully to lose weight through diet and exercise in the past? Are you more than 80 pounds overweight or your BMI is 40 or greater? Do you have an obesity-related disorder such as type 2 diabetes or obstructive sleep apnea? If your answer to any of those questions is "yes," you may qualify for gastric bypass.
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent has completed thousands of bariatric surgeries over nearly two decades as a board-certified general surgeon. He and his team at Northwest EndoSurgical in the Houston, Texas, area offer a total package of care, including pre- and postoperative counseling.
To begin a weight loss journey with a bariatric practice that supports you every step of the way, we invite you to schedule a consultation today. You can request a consultation with our Houston team by using our form or by calling:
Praise for Dr. St. Laurent "The most comprehensive, efficient, and positive patient experience!"
I found Dr. St. Laurent and his team to be thorough, knowledgeable and professional regarding the entire weight loss, surgical journey. The care after surgery is comprehensive and lasts for a year. There are 2 dietitians on staff the offer unique, fact-based advice. I found that to be the differentiating factor in my decision to trust my medical care with NW Endo. I highly recommend, and have already referred my wife and close friend.View on Google
Dr. Laurent seemed genuinely interested in my health and spent a significant amount of time to explain my diagnosis thoroughly, along with providing several remediating options with varying associated costs and benefits (pros/cons). His recommended solutions were focused on mitigating my condition, rather than just treating my symptoms, unlike most GI doctors tend to do. I was very impressed by his wealth of knowledge and the fact that I never felt rushed during my Q&A. In addition, my appointment was on-time and the front office staff were very professional and amiable. I totally recommend Dr. St. Laurent for the most comprehensive, efficient, and positive patient experience!View on Google
Why Patients Choose Us for Gastric Bypass Surgery
Dr. St. Laurent is highly regarded in the bariatric community. In addition to his many prestigious awards and memberships, Dr. St. Laurent is an educator of other surgeons. Over the years, he has successfully performed thousands of bariatric surgeries.
At our bariatric surgery office in Houston, we know that your weight loss journey neither begins nor ends with a weight loss surgery. Most bariatric patients require guidance and care both during and after their procedure in order to successfully shed their excess weight and lead healthier lives. That is why we commit to offering our patients long-term support with nutritional and psychological counseling.
We don't want financial concerns to keep any patient from life-changing bariatric surgery. For any costs not covered by medical insurance, we offer third-party financing through CareCredit®, American Healthcare Lending®, and United Medical Credit®.
Dr. St. Laurent prefers to operate laparoscopically whenever possible. Laparoscopic procedures involve making a few small incisions and operating inside the body with the aid of a surgical camera. This advanced surgical method reduces scarring, chances of complications, and recovery time.
Board-Certified What Does That Mean?
To become a board-certified general surgeon, Dr. St. Laurent completed a required residency in his surgical specialty and then passed a challenging written examination presented by a specialty board. He maintains his certification by continuing his education.
Not all surgeons go the extra step to become board-certified. By choosing Dr. St. Laurent for your weight loss surgery, you can rest assured that you are working with a highly trained medical professional who is knowledgeable, ethical, and able to handle any unforeseen surgical challenges.
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If you're seriously considering bariatric surgery, then you've made the important decision to live a healthier life. Now it's time to choose the right bariatric surgeon and weight loss clinic in the Houston area for your gastric bypass. Dr. Matthew St. Laurent and his Northwest EndoSurgical team will be there for you during this momentous time in your life from the second you contact our highly regarded practice to well beyond your surgery.
There is no better time than the present to start your journey. Contact Dr. St. Laurent today to set up a no-pressure, educational consultation with a board-certified doctor who was named one of America's Top Surgeons by the Consumers Research Council of America. You can get in touch with us by contacting us online or calling our Houston office. We look forward to meeting with you.
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"Above and beyond ANY physician"
Dr. St. Laurent and his staff go above and beyond ANY physician I have ever been to. I have had 2 in office visits and each time Dr. St. Laurent has been patient, thoroughly goes in detail his recommendations and you don't feel rushed. I have only had the pleasure of dealing a few of the staff and they all are very personable and treat you like so much more than just a patient. I highly recommend Dr. St. Laurent to ANYONE.View on Google
I am 8 weeks post gastric sleeve. I feel good and I am very pleased with all of the care and guidance I receive from Dr. St. Laurent. I cannot say enough positive things about the dieticians and the quality of the aftercare at this practice. I can call any number of people including Dr. St. Laurent and gets answers and guidance anytime, which is important with such a life changing procedure. The entire team has been a pleasure to work with.View on Google
The average cost of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery in the United States is between $20,000 and $25,000, but each patient's situation is unique, and the final cost is determined by a variety of factors. When you visit our Houston, TX, office for a consultation, Dr. St. Laurent and his team will thoroughly discuss these factors and give you an exact quote for your gastric procedure.
Our prices are very competitive for the industry, especially considering the long-term care and counseling we provide. To make bariatric care as affordable as possible, our knowledgeable staff will also go over any insurance benefits you might have and will help you maximize your coverage. We also offer convenient financing plans and other payment options that we can discuss during your consultation.
Body Mass Index
Gastric bypass surgery is only recommended for patients with a BMI of 40 or greater or patients with a BMI greater than 35 who also have weight-related health conditions.
Certain medical conditions and allergies can increase the risks of surgery. During your consultation at our Houston-area office, Dr. St. Laurent will conduct a thorough review of your medical history to confirm that you are a strong candidate.
Any kind of weight loss surgery should only be considered as a last resort. It is always preferable to lose weight naturally through diet and exercise. However, some patients just can't lose weight through lifestyle changes. In those cases, gastric bypass surgery is a great option.
Gastric bypass surgery will only lead to sustainable weight loss if you are willing to commit to a healthy lifestyle after surgery. During your consultation, Dr. St. Laurent will explain the eating habits and exercise regimen you will need to adopt after surgery in order to lose your excess weight. Then, you and Dr. St. Laurent can decide together if you are ready to begin this journey.
How Is Gastric Bypass Surgery Performed?
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With ongoing technological advancements, the gastric bypass procedure is now safer and more routine than it was just 20 years ago. Cutting-edge techniques are especially effective in the hands of a board-certified surgeon like Dr. St. Laurent. When performing Roux-en-Y, he utilizes 4k cameras for detailed visualization, ultramodern energy devices for increased surgical precision, and state-of-the-art staple technology to reduce risks like bleeding.
For many years, long-term data about gastric bypass satisfaction rates was lacking. In October of 2022, the medical journal Obesity Science and Practice published a study evaluating nearly 200 gastric bypass recipients. More than 90% of these patients were satisfied with both their initial treatment and weight loss results a full year after surgery.
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Most patients return to normal diet and activity levels in around six weeks.
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The American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons named Northwest Endosurgical a Center of Excellence.
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Dr St. Laurent is a true scholar. During my initial appointment I felt as though I was taking a medical class in his office! He thoroughly explained every step of the procedure for me and helped me choose which gastric surgery was best for me. I could not ask for better care. He is truly a gifted surgeon who holds every one of his patients as his top priority. His office staff and nurses exceed expectations and are ready to help in any way. I recommend, without reservation, to anyone in need of gastric surgery to meet with Dr St Laurent.View on Google
After meeting the Dr I was already convinced I found my surgeon! The staff is amazing also and always answer the phone when I call. Yesterday I got to meet one of their RDs and she was amazing as well. I am currently jumping all the hoops my insurance has provided for me. I will update everyone once I have my surgery. Update: 5 days post op/ feeling great everything that was explained to me is happening. I can’t say enough good things about this Doctor, his confidence made my surgery stress free. If you are looking for the best this is it folks good luck to everyone! Update: 6 months post op. Feeling great lost over 100lbs so far. This is by far the best decision I have ever made. I wish everyone the best on their weight loss endeavors!View on Google
Gastric Bypass Risks
Like any surgical procedure, gastric bypass surgery could cause an infection or excessive bleeding. There's also a chance that the stomach or intestines could be damaged during the procedure. By choosing Dr. St. Laurent in Houston, TX, for your weight loss surgery, you greatly reduce your chances of encountering these issues. Dr. St. Laurent has successfully completed thousands of surgeries, and he uses the safest, most precise technology during every procedure.
Gastric bypass surgery is uniquely associated with a complication known as "dumping syndrome." When food passes from the stomach into the small intestine too quickly, it can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Dr. St. Laurent will give you detailed instructions after surgery so that you can avoid this uncomfortable condition.