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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...