Weight Loss Surgery

Mustafa Ahmed, MD -  - Bariatric Surgeon

Southern Nevada Bariatrics

Mustafa Ahmed, MD

Bariatric Surgeon located in Las Vegas, NV

If making your best effort to lose weight is mostly unsuccessful, it’s time to consider weight-loss surgery. At Southern Nevada Bariatrics, Mustafa Ahmed, MD, and the experienced weight-loss surgical team are available to evaluate your health and help you prepare for a successful weight-loss surgery. To start exploring your options, don’t hesitate to call the Las Vegas clinic or go online to book your first consultation today.

Weight Loss Surgery

What is weight-loss surgery?

Weight-loss surgery, also called bariatric surgery, is a type of surgery with a primary goal of helping you lose weight. 

It’s important to note that, while weight loss is the main goal of your surgery, the surgery itself is merely a tool in your weight-loss plan and shouldn’t be the only effort that you make.

Combined with a nutritious diet and a reasonable amount of exercise, weight-loss surgeries like gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy lead to a 50% to 70% reduction of excess body weight within two years. 

These surgeries are reserved for patients who are classified as being obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of at least 30. 

What happens before weight-loss surgery?

You’ll need to start making some drastic changes to your lifestyle before your surgery to set you up for success after. 

The team at Southern Nevada Bariatrics teaches you healthy habits when it comes to nutrition, including how to read nutritional labels and do your grocery shopping with your health in mind. 

Before the surgery, you’ll need to clear your kitchen of unhealthy foods so you’re not tempted to give in and hinder your progress.

You must also quit smoking for a few months before your surgery and start exercising regularly within your ability. You’ll need to undergo many health-related tests and screenings to be sure you’re equipped for the surgery and show your commitment by attending all of your appointments.

What can I expect after weight-loss surgery?

Weight-loss surgery recovery is a complex process that varies between patients. The Southern Nevada Bariatrics team ensures that you know what to expect after your surgery and answers all of your questions. 

Following weight-loss surgery, it’s common for patients to experience:

  • Hiccups
  • Hair loss
  • Heartburn
  • Diarrhea
  • Flatulence
  • Constipation
  • Dumping syndrome (cramps and diarrhea after eating)


To manage your symptoms and smooth your recovery, you must follow your doctor’s instructions carefully. 

You will need to avoid drinking alcohol for at least three months following your surgery, take recommended vitamin supplements, control the portions of your meals, and take any medications as prescribed.

If you’ve unsuccessfully tried losing weight and want to explore weight-loss surgeries, don’t hesitate to call Southern Nevada Bariatrics or book an appointment online for assistance and motivation.