Weight cycling” is the process of losing weight and gaining it back over and over with a diet that just isn’t nutritious. If you’re stuck in a weight cycle trying to lose weight, medical weight loss with Mustafa Ahmed, MD, at Southern Nevada Bariatrics is a great way to get on track to forming healthy, sustainable habits. To book your medical weight-loss consultation, call the Las Vegas clinic or use the convenient online scheduling tool today.
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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.
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
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.