Dr. Matthew St. Laurent

Bariatrics
Cypress, TX
31 years experience male

Locations

Northwest EndoSurgical

Cypress, TX

Address

21212 Northwest Freeway, Suite #305, Cypress, TX
Directions

My office hours

Thursday: Closed
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Fax

281-921-1897

Insurances accepted

UnitedHealthcare

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Cigna

About

Bio

Dr. Matthew St. Laurent is a proud native of Houston, Texas. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the honors program at Texas A&M University with a degree in Biochemistry. Afterwards, he received his medical degree at Texas A&M University College of Medicine where he was recognized for surgical honors and graduated in the top of his class. Dr. St. Laurent subsequently completed his surgical training at the University of Texas Health Service Center in San Antonio, Texas. While training at the University of Texas Health Science Center, he distinguished himself by publishing multiple articles in the fields of transplant and general surgery. After completing his surgical training, Dr. St. Laurent spent four years as a general surgeon with the United States Air Force. During his last two years of service he held the position of Chief of Surgical Services for the 5th Medical Operations Group. While with the United States Air Force, Dr. St. Laurent began working in the field of bariatrics. After returning to the Houston area, he went on to complete additional training through a fellowship in laparoscopic bariatric surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He has successfully completed multiple advanced courses in laparoscopic surgical techniques and in laparoscopic colorectal surgery at Tulane University in New Orleans and Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York. He has also completed advanced training in Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding or LAGB and Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy. He currently serves as a certified proctor/instructor for both Covidien and Allergan Corporations, teaching other surgeons around the country how to perform the LAP-BAND System procedure and the vertical sleeve gastrectomy. Dr. St. Laurent has been named one of America's Top Surgeons for the past 5 years (Bariatric Surgery 2007-11, Consumers Research Council of America). He has also been named a "Top Doctor" for "Who's Who Among American Professionals." Dr. St. Laurent is a member in good standing with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and multiple other surgical organizations. His practice has been recognized as a Bariatric Center of Excellence (CoE) by the Surgical Review Cooperation and the ASMBS. Dr. St. Laurent is one of the most experienced laparoscopic surgeons in the Houston area, having performed over 3,000 advanced laparoscopic procedures and over 2,500 bariatric procedures. He has served as a consultant in forming several bariatric surgical programs in the Houston area as well as the only ambulatory surgery center to be recognized as a Center of Excellence in Houston. His entire practice is dedicated to the practice of bariatric surgery. In addition, he has served as the Bariatric Medical Director at Cy-Fair Medical Center for the past 5 years.

Specialties
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Bariatrics

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

91 Answers
13 Agrees
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Yes: Bmi is a calculated value determined by your weight in kilograms divided by your height in meters squared( kg/m2). You can use any weight throughout t... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Gas: Certain eating behaviors early after bariatric surgery can result in more bloating and discomfort. Typically we instruct patients to avoid chewing gum... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Maybe: If your weight is already starting to cause health issues such hypertension, diabetes, and sleep apnea than absolutely yes. Once your body mass index ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
No: Fasting places your body in a starvation or preservation mode. Your bodies metabolism will slow and will try to preserve the calories that you consume... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
~3500: The average person probably burns about 100 calories for every mile run.That means you'd have to run about 30-35 miles to drop a pound.On the other ha... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Yes: Excessive calories at one meal can't be fully utilized by the body in the short term and will need to be stored.It is therefore preferable to consume ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Surgical weight loss: Your current bmi is 44.4. Based on this, you are greater than 100 lb over your ideal body weight. A review of the medical literature over the past 100... Read More
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A 43-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
None: Studies show that probably no more than 8-10% of body weight will be achieved with weight loss pills. Unfortunately, no one can really stay on diet pi... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Yes: Your current bmi is 51.1. This places you in the super, morbidly obese category. A gastric bypass or gastric sleeve would be a much better option than... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Increase calories : Too few calories and extensive exercise can cause a caloric depravation putting your body into a starvation mode. This will cause your body to preserv... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Absolutely: Surgical weight loss is the single most successful means of losing weight long term compared to any conventional method such as diet and exercise. It ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Hopefully anything: Biariatric surgery doesn't necessarily change what you eat, it mainly changes how much you eat. The basic goal of surgery is to control the volume tha... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
BMI: Insurances typically follow nih guidelines: a bmi >40 or 35-40 with an underlying medical condition such as diabetes or hypertension. Most insurances ... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Depends: Body mass index(bmi) is typically referenced to determine if a patient is a candidate for surgery.Insurances require a min bmi of 35-40 with medical c... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Increase urination: Diuretics are a class of drugs that cause the kidneys to excrete a larger volume of urine. This can be a beneficial effect in patients with high blood... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
It can: Cancerous growths that are growing rapidly or have out grown their blood supply can become necrotic. Necrotic tissue can have a purulent discharge or ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
They can: Coupled with a good diet and increased activity, yes. Diet pills generally help to curb the appetite and subsequently decrease the amount of food you ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Cyst: Most likely an inclusion or sebaceous cyst. These are benign cyst that contain a white sebaceous material similar to that of a black head. These can b... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Several: Symptoms may be subtle at first such as night time reflux. Patients may also experience nausea and vomiting that occurs more frequently along with ref... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Online calculator: Bmi is a calculation based on dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in meters squared: kg/m2. There are many online calculators that will ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Use height and weigh: BMI is a calculated value using your weight in kilograms and dividing by your height in meters squared Kg/M2. The easiest way to find this value is t... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Too few calories: Eating less and working out more is a common misconception to losing weight.Often times dec. Your caloric intake to low and participating in excessive... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Difficult: Spot reduction is really not possible. When you lose weight you really can't direct it to one specific area. If your interest is reducing breast size ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Kg/m2: Bmi is a calculated value of your weight in kilograms (1kg=2.205 lbs) divided by you height in meters squared (1 meter=39.37 in). To square your heigh... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
1 week: Typically 5-7 days to return to work full time. Could be as little as 2-3 days. Most could also go back to working out in a gym in 2-3 weeks depending... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Yes: Typically hiatal hernias can and should be fixed at the time of your bariatric procedure. If the hernia is large, it may take an extended period of ti... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Depends: Your armpit fat may be accessory breast tissue. Are you still breast feeding? If you are, the tissue under the arm will stay enlarged along with the n... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Bariatrician: Physicians who perform additional training in the treatment of obesity are called bariatricians. These physicians use nonsurgical treatment such as di... Read More
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A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Yes: Fatty liver should improve with any procedure resulting in significant weight loss. Weight loss with the bypass and the sleeve is fairly comparable ba... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Depends: At 6'2", 195 lb would give you a normal body mass index of 25.0. Bmi however doesn't take gender into account. Men carry more muscle mass then women t... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
What are you eating?: Gaining 25 lb in 3 weeks is equivalent to consuming about 28, 000 extra calories a week. That's pretty difficult even with a bad diet. Are you retaini... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
High protein,lowcarb: This is your basic atkins diet that focuses on high protein and low carb foods. These diets are usually higher in fat also. This results in your body ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Depends: If a patient has failed conventional methods of losing weight and their bmi is now greater than 35 with an underlying history of medical conditions su... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
No: Adipex is Phentermine and sibutramine is meridia. They are both classified as appetite suppressants. They function by a different mechanism, however.
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Yes: Transplant patients will technically do better with a procedure that doesn't cause malabsorption or leave a foreign body. A sleeve can be an excellent... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Hard to say: Starving the body long term can have adverse effects such as dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, hypoglycemia, weakness, fatigue, headaches, dizziness... Read More
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A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Slow and consistent : Losing 6 kg(~13 lb) over a one year period of time is reasonable. That is only a decrease of about 3500 calories a month or a little over a 100 calori... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
No: If the Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) is being taken due to muscle spams or pain, then it's more likely that the weight gain is resulting from a decre... Read More
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A 20-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Yes: Excessive exercise with inadequate caloric intake, even on a high protein diet, can potentially result in muscle loss. A balance in diet and exercise ... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Depends: The typical hospital stay for a healthy band, bypass, or sleeve patient is usually less than 24 hours for a first time procedure. The experience of th... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Insurance: Bmi is a reference value utilized for determining obesity.It is calculated by weight/height squared (kg/m2).It's not a perfect tool in determining obe... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Think irritable bowe: Sleeve patients don't technically get dumping as they have an intact pyloric valve separating the stomach from the small bowel. This helps regulate th... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Possible stricture: If the nausea and vomiting have been occuring since surgery it may be your gastric pouch was made to small. If the symptoms are more recent, there is ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Probably wont happen: Probably won't happen unless you starve yourself and don't eat anything for a week. Even then, losing 10% of your body weight in one week is very unhe... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Medication first : Start by eliminating any irritants such as tobacco, nsaids or alcohol. Typically ulcers at the anastomosis can be treated with medication such as a pr... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Whole foods: Concentrate on lean meats and fresh vegetables. These are more filling foods that are healthier and lower in calories. Learn to shop on the periphery ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
No: Some insurances require your primary care physician to refer you to a bariatric surgeon, especially if you're a member of an hmo.The majority of insur... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Varies: The cost of surgery is much like buying gas, the cost varies depending on what part of town and what type of surgery you choose.The experience of the ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
Similar: Lap banding and gastric banding are the same procedure. Band over bypass is a procedure where a lap-band is placed around the gastric outlet of a gast... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 31 years experience
See a dietitian : Typically, self-directed diets fail due to having to few calories, skipping meals, or stacking to many calories at one meal, especially for the evenin... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Mar 17, 2013
Experienced empathetic surgeon with good communication skills
Feb 10, 2012
Have had patients with good success with him.
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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. St. Laurent is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Thanks for your quick reply! But sir I am jot starving myself. I eat healthy food. But still I am not losing. What should I do next
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Thank You so much for giving your time to help all of us on this site.
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, TX
Graduated 1992MD

Residency

University of Texas Health Center, San Antonio

Awards

America's Top Surgeons, Bariatric Surgery 2007-11. Consumers Research Council of American
Who's Who Among American Professionals
Bariatric Medical Director North Cypress Medical Center

Affiliations

None
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