Gastric Bypass

Mustafa Ahmed, MD -  - Bariatric Surgeon

Southern Nevada Bariatrics

Mustafa Ahmed, MD

Bariatric Surgeon located in Las Vegas, NV

Gastric bypass is one of the oldest and most reliable types of bariatric surgery. Accounting for almost 50% of all weight-loss surgeries performed in the United States, it’s no surprise that gastric bypass surgery is a go-to among patients at Southern Nevada Bariatrics in Las Vegas. If your nonsurgical weight-loss attempts are unsuccessful even with a doctor’s help, don’t hesitate to call Mustafa Ahmed, MD, or book your gastric bypass consultation online today.

Gastric Bypass

What is gastric bypass?

Gastric bypass is a two to four-hour weight-loss surgery that reduces the size of your stomach. In reducing your stomach’s size, you’ll feel full after eating less food. 

Additionally, the surgery creates a detour between your stomach and small intestine, causing you to absorb fewer calories from the food you eat.

During the laparoscopic surgery, your surgeon makes four to six small incisions. Through them, they create a small pouch out of the top half of your stomach that holds about an ounce of food. 

Then, they create a hole in the pouch and connect it to your small intestine. The procedure can also be performed through open surgery with one large incision. 

What results can I expect from gastric bypass surgery?

After gastric bypass surgery, your results depend largely on how well you follow a healthy lifestyle. 

To optimize the success of your surgery, you must continue to eat a healthy diet and exercise as directed by your physician. Successful gastric bypass surgeries cause you to lose 60% or more of your excess fat.

Beyond the weight loss, gastric bypass surgery improves weight-related conditions or alleviates them entirely. After gastric bypass surgery, you may see an improvement with your:

  • Acid reflux
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Sleep apnea
  • Infertility


Recovery after gastric bypass surgery is a long process that involves close monitoring from your physician and some dietary restrictions. However, the results are substantial and worth the effort.

Am I a good candidate for gastric bypass surgery?

The team at Southern Nevada Bariatrics lets you know if gastric bypass surgery is an appropriate addition to your weight-loss plan. They may decide that you’re a good candidate for the surgery if you:

  • Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher
  • Have a BMI of over 35 with a weight-related condition, such as sleep apnea or high cholesterol
  • Are committed to permanent lifestyle changes 
  • Have unsuccessfully attempted losing weight on your own
  • Are psychologically prepared for a lengthy recovery process


To make sure that the surgery is a good fit for you, the Southern Nevada Bariatrics team evaluates your health and readiness thoroughly. If you’re not a candidate, they give you instructions to qualify in the future.

If you’re struggling to lose weight and want to explore gastric bypass surgery, call Southern Nevada Bariatrics or go online to book your appointment today.