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What Is Testosterone, and What Does It Do for Me? Dec 1st, 2021

We’re used to hearing about men and their testosterone. What you may not realize is that women also rely on small amounts of this hormone for red blood cell production and other tasks that are important to your overall health. Testosterone also plays an important role in your ability to...

How Being Overweight Can Impact Your Sleep Nov 2nd, 2021

Mustafa Ahmed, MD, is a board-certified surgeon and medical weight-loss specialist here at our practice, Southern Nevada Bariatrics, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Ahmed is well-known for his commitment to providing the information our patients need to make informed decisions about their health. He explains the role that excess weight...

Understanding the Two Main Types of Diabetes Oct 5th, 2021

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 34 million Americans have diabetes, and another 88 million adults are on the verge of developing this complex disease.  Mustafa Ahmed, MD, of Southern Nevada Bariatrics in Las Vegas, is committed to helping his patients achieve and maintain their best...

How Testosterone Hormonal Therapy Pellets Work Sep 5th, 2021

Dr. Mustafa Ahmed, of Southern Nevada Bariatrics in Las Vegas, is an experienced internist and board-certified bariatric surgeon who is greatly appreciated for his comprehensive approach to weight loss. Dr. Ahmed sometimes recommends hormone therapy to help counter the effects that hormonal imbalances have on your overall health and ability...

Am I a Candidate for Weight-Loss Surgery? Aug 9th, 2021

Dr. Mustafa Ahmed is our board-certified bariatric surgeon who has spent much of his medical career focusing on the cause and consequences of excess weight. Both he and our team at Southern Nevada Bariatrics in Las Vegas are committed to providing the assistance you need to accomplish your weight-loss dreams....

Help for Your Heartburn Jul 7th, 2021

People of all ages, including children, experience heartburn or acid reflux at some point in their lives. The symptoms typically occur after an unusually heavy or spicy meal. Some people, however, experience heartburn much more frequently, and it may not be directly related to meals. Our bariatric specialist, Mustafa Ahmed,...

Beyond Food: Managing Heartburn Through Lifestyle Changes Jun 16th, 2021

Making changes in your diet is one of your best defenses against heartburn. When managing acid reflux, however, it may be just as important to consider when, how, and where you eat. Board-certified bariatric surgeon, weight-loss expert, and heartburn specialist, Dr. Mustafa Ahmed, of Southern Nevada Bariatrics in Las Vegas,...

Navigating Restaurants After Your Bariatric Surgery May 5th, 2021

Helping you accomplish your weight-loss goals is our mission here at Southern Nevada Bariatrics in Las Vegas. Led by bariatric surgeon, Mustafa Ahmed, MD, our entire team works hard to support you in reaching and maintaining your ideal weight. Dr. Ahmed uses his considerable medical expertise to design personalized weight-loss...

Tips for Preventing Full-Blown Diabetes When You're Prediabetic Apr 7th, 2021

Dr. Mustafa Ahmed is our board-certified bariatric surgeon and diabetes management specialist with a busy medical practice, Southern Nevada Bariatrics, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Ahmed has seen first-hand the numerous health complications associated with diabetes during his extensive medical career. Here, Dr. Ahmed offers insight on gaining control of...

Understanding the Different Types of Bariatric Surgery Mar 4th, 2021

Dr. Mustafa Ahmed is a board-certified bariatric surgeon and weight-loss specialist with a busy practice, Southern Nevada Bariatrics, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Patients value Dr. Ahmed’s outstanding medical skills as well as his genuine commitment to helping people achieve their weight-loss dreams. He’s helped many of his patients reach their...

Heartburn Prevention 101: How To Prevent Heartburn After Bariatric Surgery Feb 11th, 2021

Bariatric surgery is one of the best ways for obese patients to lose a lot of weight and improve their health for a long time. However, bariatric surgery does come with side effects. One of the most notable side effects is heartburn, which can be a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux...

Avoid These Foods to Reduce Heartburn Attacks Feb 10th, 2021

Heartburn is a common problem. Whether you’re one of the 60 million Americans who experience heartburn once a month or one of the 15 million who may have daily symptoms, avoiding certain foods can help stop the discomfort. Board-certified bariatric surgeon and weight-loss specialist, Dr. Mustafa Ahmed, is an expert...

Gastric Bypass Diet: Keeping Weight Off For The Long Term Feb 9th, 2021

When a patient undergoes gastric bypass, or any bariatric procedure for that matter, physiological changes from surgery cause the body to shed fat at a rate that is very difficult to achieve with diet and exercise alone. The patient is not able to eat as much food as they once...

How To Prevent Dumping Syndrome After Gastric Bypass Jan 13th, 2021

Gastric bypass surgery is an excellent way for obese patients to lose a significant amount of weight in a short period of time. It’s a safe procedure that’s been performed tens of thousands of times. Despite its safety, one common side effect that people experience after getting gastric bypass is...

Why Probiotics After Weight Loss Surgery Are So Awesome Jan 11th, 2021

weight with diet and exercise alone. But did you know that the weight loss results from surgery can be improved by taking probiotics after surgery? Why are probiotics so important? And how are they able to help bariatric patients lose weight? Let’s find out. What Are Probiotics? The Importance of...

Our Best Tips for Maximizing the Results of Your Weight-Loss Surgery Jan 5th, 2021

Weight-loss surgery is not magic. It is, however, a highly effective tool that’s helped many thousands of individuals reach their ideal weights, and stay there. Whether you’re seeking better health, cosmetic benefits, or the best of both from losing those excess pounds, weight-loss surgery may be your answer. Dr. Mustafa...

How To Manage Acid Reflux After Bariatric Surgery Dec 16th, 2020

Many patients who undergo weight loss surgery notice that they get heartburn much more often. Although heartburn by itself is usually nothing to worry about long-term, it could be a symptom of acid reflux. Managing acid reflux after bariatric surgery is not easy, especially if it’s affecting your ability to...

Gastric Bypass Requirements for Surgery Dec 9th, 2020

Gastric bypass is one of the most popular weight loss procedures out there. It’s also the first widely available bariatric procedure and has been perfected over the decades. Now, gastric bypass is one of several available options. Since the dawn of weight loss surgery, doctors and researchers needed to figure...

Trouble Losing Weight? It Could Be a Hormonal Imbalance Dec 6th, 2020

Whether you’re working at weight loss for your health, appearance, or both, it may seem like an impossible hill to climb. That’s especially true if you’re doing everything right and still not seeing a downward trend on the scale. Mustafa Ahmed, MD is a gifted bariatric surgeon who has dedicated...

How Do I Know If I Have Heartburn Or Something Else? Nov 17th, 2020

If you’ve recently had bariatric surgery, you might be experiencing a little bit of heartburn. Having heartburn after bariatric surgery is completely normal, but if you’re experiencing it often, then you might be a little worried. The symptoms of heartburn can often be confused with other conditions. However, if they...

Is Bariatric Surgery Covered By Insurance? Nov 10th, 2020

If you’re trying to decide whether or not to get bariatric surgery, cost is a very important factor. Bariatric procedures in the USA typically cost well over $10,000, and most people are not able to simply pay that in cash. As a result, the next question that most patients ask...

Tips for Navigating the Holidays When You Have Diabetes Nov 5th, 2020

We all know the holidays include fabulous feasts and tempting snacks. It’s an endearing part of the celebration that can make it difficult to stick with a healthy diet.   But for someone with diabetes, indulging your appetite at this special time of year can lead to real health complications that...

Yes! I’m Ready to Start My Weight-Loss Journey Oct 14th, 2020

The desire to lose weight is a dream that a lot of Americans share. Many of us have experienced the longing to fit into the latest fashion trend or develop a physique that allows us to participate in activities we enjoy. Weight loss can also decrease your risk of developing...

8 Signs That I May Need Hormone Replacement Sep 13th, 2020

Mustafa Ahmed, MD, is a board-certified bariatric surgeon and internal medicine specialist who leads our team at Southern Nevada Bariatrics in Las Vegas, Nevada. Dr. Ahmed is passionate about providing outstanding medical care that helps you experience all the benefits of physical health and emotional well-being regardless of your age....

How Much Weight Can You Expect To Lose After Gastric Sleeve Surgery? Aug 23rd, 2020

Gastric sleeve surgery is becoming more popular as a weight loss intervention. It works well for severely obese patients who have suffered from health problems as a result of their obesity. Surgical interventions are recommended for those who have tried diet and exercise in the past with no success. As...

How Do I Know if I’m Obese? Aug 18th, 2020

Does it really matter if you’re obese versus overweight? The truth is, whether you’ve got 10 pounds or 100 pounds to lose, excess weight can be a drag on your self-confidence and overall health. But your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and other weight-related issues increases significantly when your...

What’s The Difference Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes? Aug 9th, 2020

Diabetes is one of the most common health afflictions among American adults. The CDC estimates that Americans with diabetes number over 30 million, or just under 10% or the American population! That means about one in 10 American adults either has the disease or will be diagnosed with it. Symptoms...

Bariatric Care and COVID-19: What You Should Know Jul 27th, 2020

Rest assured that Dr. Mustafa Ahmed’s commitment to providing the highest quality medical care for our patients at Southern Nevada Bariatrics has not changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team recognizes the challenges associated with this viral outbreak and is expertly trained in providing a clean and healthy environment for...

Size of the Stomach After Gastric Sleeve Surgery Jul 19th, 2020

More and more people are choosing the gastric sleeve as their desired method for losing large amounts of weight in a relatively short time. There are many benefits to choosing the gastric sleeve, such as more optimal blood pressure, lessening the health effects of diabetes, and improving sleep apnea symptoms....

What Exercises To Do After Weight Loss Surgery? Post Surgery Workout Ideas Jul 5th, 2020

If you’re a recent weight loss surgery patient or are planning to get weight loss surgery, you may be wondering how you’ll be able to live a healthy and active lifestyle during recovery. Losing weight and maintaining weight loss is a lot easier with a healthy diet and a solid...

Importance of Post Op Bariatric Surgery Follow Up Care Jun 21st, 2020

Bariatric surgery is an incredibly effective way for obese patients to lose a significant amount of weight in a short period of time. It reduces potential health issues due to type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM), hypertension (high blood pressure), and sleep apnea. However, the surgery itself is only the first...

Preparing for Weight-Loss Surgery Jun 18th, 2020

Weight-loss surgery has become a highly effective tool in the battle against obesity and its health-related complications. Once you’ve made the decision to pursue this life-changing procedure, however, the steps you take to prepare can help ensure its success.    Mustafa Ahmed, MD is a board-certified bariatric surgeon who leads our...

What Pain Medication Can I Take After Gastric Sleeve Surgery? Jun 7th, 2020

Recovering from gastric sleeve surgery often comes with a great deal of discomfort. Patients often report abdominal pain in the weeks after surgery, and for some it can be severe. It’s important that patients have options available to them for pain management after any form of bariatric surgery. Despite this,...

Stop Weight Cycling with Medical Weight Loss May 26th, 2020

Losing weight is hard, which makes success especially rewarding. Unfortunately, experts estimate that about 90% of individuals who lose weight eventually gain it back – and most try/fail again and again. Physicians call that “weight cycling” resulting from yo-yo dieting. That “lose weight, gain weight, lose weight again” cycle can...

Your Complete Guide to Sleeve Gastrectomy Apr 16th, 2020

There’s no doubt that weight loss can help you feel more energetic, increase your self-esteem, and make wardrobe shopping a pleasant experience. For many individuals, however, successful weight loss also plays a vital role in their overall physical health. If you’re struggling with losing excess pounds despite your best efforts,...

5 Tips to Keep Heartburn at Bay Mar 3rd, 2020

When heartburn becomes a frequent issue, the burning sensation in your chest, sour taste in your mouth, and the belching that often accompany it can make you downright miserable. If you ignore heartburn for too long, it can cause serious health complications. Dr. Mustafa Ahmed is a board-certified bariatric surgeon...

Why Expert Management of Your Diabetes Matters Feb 25th, 2020

Despite all the media hype and medical attention diabetes commands these days, the condition is on the rise in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 30 million Americans, or about 10% of the population, have diabetes. Another 84 million have prediabetes, which puts you...

Out of Town? We Provide a Travel Specialist to Help You Every Step of the Way Jan 13th, 2020

Have you reached a point in your life where your weight holds you back and causes serious health issues? Maybe you’re considering weight-loss surgery, but will be required to travel from out of state or even out of the country.  At Southern Nevada Bariatrics, we’re proud to treat patients from...

5 Benefits of Hormone Replacement Therapy Dec 3rd, 2019

In both men and women, estrogen and androgen receptors are found all over the body and can regulate several genes that impact heart health, muscle mass, bone density, cognitive abilities, and more. As you age, your body produces fewer reproductive hormones, leading to a cascade of negative effects on your...

Why Revision Surgery is Sometimes Needed After Bariatric Procedures Nov 18th, 2019

When you’re struggling with your weight, bariatric surgery can offer the best results for losing those extra pounds. Unfortunately, you may need an additional procedure, or bariatric revision surgery, after your initial treatment.  At Southern Nevada Bariatrics in Las Vegas, Dr. Mustafa Ahmed brings more than 20 years of experience...

3 Helpful Tips For Recovering From a Gastric Bypass Surgery Oct 25th, 2019

If you've tried diets and exercise on your own but aren’t seeing results, weight loss through gastric bypass surgery may be a great way for you to improve your health. While it’s not a minor procedure, there are things you can do to help recover faster.  Here at Southern Nevada...

Did You Know Bariatric Surgery Can Help Control Type 2 Diabetes? Sep 2nd, 2019

You likely know that managing type 2 diabetes requires nutritional and lifestyle changes. For many diabetes patients who are also seriously overweight or obese, bariatric surgery is also recommended. It may surprise you, but weight-loss surgery can actually benefit your diabetes even before you shed significant pounds.  Studies show that...