Bariatric Surgery

Mustafa Ahmed, MD -  - Bariatric Surgeon

Southern Nevada Bariatrics

Mustafa Ahmed, MD

Bariatric Surgeon located in Las Vegas, NV

Weight loss isn’t easy if you’re overweight or obese, and efforts often frustratingly lead to little or no results. If you have trouble losing weight, and your weight is costing you your health, Mustafa Ahmed, MD, at Southern Nevada Bariatrics offers several options for bariatric surgery. To find out if bariatric surgery is an appropriate addition to your weight-loss plan, call the Las Vegas clinic or go online to book your consultation today.

Bariatric Surgery

What is bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery is an umbrella term that covers any type of surgery with the goal of helping you lose weight. It’s intended for overweight or obese patients who have tried dieting, exercising, and other noninvasive weight-loss efforts without much progress.

Most bariatric surgeries work by limiting the amount of food you eat, the calories you absorb, or both. All types of bariatric surgery are major procedures that require specific preparation and recovery steps to be successful. You must fully commit to a reformed healthy lifestyle in order to undergo them. 

What types of bariatric surgery are available?

Southern Nevada Bariatrics offers several of the most popular and effective types of bariatric surgery to qualified and committed patients. 

Gastric bypass

The most popular and common type of bariatric surgery, gastric bypass reduces your stomach into a small pouch and connects your small intestine to the pouch. As a result, your stomach becomes full faster and the reduced digestive tract absorbs fewer calories.

Sleeve gastrectomy

During a sleeve gastrectomy, your surgeon staples your stomach in half and removes the larger portion, leaving you with a smaller, tube-shaped stomach. Like the gastric bypass, this minimizes the number of calories you absorb.

Southern Nevada Bariatrics also offers a wide range of general surgical procedures to help treat weight-related complications. 

Who is a candidate for bariatric surgery?

There are many factors that go into your and your physician’s decision of whether to pursue bariatric surgery. 

The results of such surgeries are drastic and bring many improvements to your quality of life, but you must be willing to make a large commitment of time and effort. You are a candidate for bariatric surgery if you:

  • Weigh at least 100 pounds over your goal weight
  • Have unsuccessfully tried to lose weight without surgery 
  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of over 40
  • Have a BMI over 35 with an obesity-related health condition, like diabetes or high blood pressure


To make sure that surgery is the right choice for you, you’ll undergo many tests and screenings with your provider. If you’re ready and able to undergo surgery, the team helps you explore your options to choose the best one.

To explore all available bariatric surgery options, call Southern Nevada Bariatrics or book your consultation online today.