Sleeve Gastrectomy

Mustafa Ahmed, MD -  - Bariatric Surgeon

Southern Nevada Bariatrics

Mustafa Ahmed, MD

Bariatric Surgeon located in Las Vegas, NV

Successful, sustainable weight loss is difficult no matter which way you go about it. If you feel like you’ve tried everything and are committed to a full lifestyle makeover, Mustafa Ahmed, MD, at Southern Nevada Bariatrics, offers sleeve gastrectomy, a type of bariatric surgery that reduces the size of your stomach. To find out if you’re a good candidate for sleeve gastrectomy, call the Las Vegas office or go online to book your appointment today.

Sleeve Gastrectomy

What is sleeve gastrectomy?

Sleeve gastrectomy, commonly called gastric sleeve surgery, is a surgical procedure that aids in drastic weight loss. The goal of the surgery is to limit the amount of food you can eat by adjusting the size of your stomach. 

Additionally, the change in your stomach’s size prompts hormonal changes that help lower your blood pressure and reverse other consequences of obesity.

The sleeve gastrectomy doesn’t involve a large incision. Instead, your surgeon makes a few small incisions in your upper abdomen and uses tiny instruments. 

They use a laparoscope to view the inside of your body and staple your stomach in half vertically, then remove the larger half. The entire procedure takes about two hours, and you’re left with a smaller, banana-shaped stomach.

How much weight will I lose with sleeve gastrectomy?

The amount of weight you’ll lose after a gastric sleeve surgery depends largely on how well you follow your physician’s instructions and continue your weight-loss plan as directed. 

Generally, patients lose anywhere from 50 to 90 pounds after adding sleeve gastrectomy to their weight-loss plan.

How should I prepare for sleeve gastrectomy?

There are several steps you should take to prepare for a successful sleeve gastrectomy procedure. Southern Nevada Bariatrics recommends taking these steps before your surgery:

  • Start a physical activity program
  • Stop smoking and using nicotine at least 12 weeks prior
  • Make arrangements to be off work for about four weeks as you recover
  • Stop taking blood-thinning (like aspirin and ibuprofen) medications for a few days prior
  • Enroll in a bariatric surgery education program


The team at Southern Nevada Bariatrics gives you more specific preparation instructions depending on your case. You’ll need to undergo several exams and tests to make sure your body can tolerate the surgery well. 

Am I a good candidate for sleeve gastrectomy?

You’re a good candidate for sleeve gastrectomy surgery if you:

  • Have a body mass index (BMI) over 40
  • Have a BMI over 35 with a weight-related medical condition, such as sleep apnea or heart disease
  • Are committed to maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle
  • Find other weight-loss methods haven’t worked for you


Even if you don’t think you’re a candidate, it may benefit you to come to Southern Nevada Bariatrics for a consultation. 

If you’re ready to commit to serious and effective weight loss with sleeve gastrectomy, call Southern Nevada Bariatrics or book your consultation online today.