Welcome to Las Vegas Bariatrics

Dr. Bernie Hanna and his team aim to redefine surgical weight loss by emphasizing nutrition, fitness and group support both before and after bariatric surgery.

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Quality is our first concern when it comes to your health and wellness

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Comfort is key to making sure you are happy with the process and outcome

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Health Benefits

We offer classes to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle after surgery

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WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY?

Dr. Bernie Hanna and his certified team are dedicated to your weight loss journey and will provide you with the RIGHT weight loss plan to meet your specific goals.

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Our services

At Las Vegas Bariatrics, we offer comprehensive bariatric surgery and the compassionate support to ensure the success of a healthy lifestyle.

  • SLEEVE GASTRECTOMY SURGERY

    ABOUT LAS VEGAS SLEEVE GASTRECTOMY SURGERY

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    Procedure Description

    • The Gastric Sleeve / Sleeve Gastrectomy procedure is a minimally invasive procedure that takes less than an hour to perform.
    • In this procedure a thin vertical stomach is created into a narrow tube like a banana. The remaining stomach is removed.

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  • Revision Surgery

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    Could Your Gastric Band Be Failing?

    Some patients have problems after gastric band surgery. Problems can begin to arise soon after surgery and sometimes even years later

    What type of problems can occur?

    • Are you no longer losing weight?
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  • Obesity & Bariatric Surgery

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    Severe obesity is a chronic condition that is hard to treat with diet and exercise alone. Bariatric surgery is an operation on the stomach and/or intestines that helps patients lose weight who are extremely obese. This surgery is an option for people who cannot lose weight by “traditional methods”, and/or those who suffer from serious health problems related to obe

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  • Medical Weight Loss

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    Under the direction of our certified dietician LVB offers several weight loss options.

    • Supervised diet plans
    • Nutritional supplements:
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  • Gastric Bypass Surgery

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    Gastric Bypass surgery causes malabsorption and restricts food intake, which produces more weight loss. Other procedures like gastric banding only decrease food intake. Bypass surgery patients generally lose two-thirds of their excess weight within two years. It is a sophisticated procedure t

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  • Hiatal Hernia & Acid Reflux Surgery

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    Procedure Description

    A Hiatal Hernia is a space in the diaphragm. Your diaphragm is the muscle that separates the chest and belly. Your stomach may bulge through this hole into your chest and this can make Acid Reflux symptoms worse.

    What is GERD?

    GERD is a condition that allows food or stomach acid to mo

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  • Gastric Band Surgery

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    More than 30% of Americans meet the criteria for obesity, as shown by recent statistics. Obesity is defined as having a body mass index (BMI) of over 30 kg/m2, and while lifestyle modification remains the first choice for treatment, REad more
  • Medical Tourism

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    Why Las Vegas for Medical Tourism?

    Las Vegas is one of the top destinations for medical tourism. People come from all over the world to take advantage of our highest quality medical care in an atmosphere of relaxation and entertainment. When you arrive at our centrally located McCarran International Airport, you are instantly within minutes of lodging,

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ABOUT DR. BERNIE HANNA

Dr. Hanna received “Top Surgeon” honors in 2002, 2003, 2011, and achieved the “Top Doctor” award for 2006 and 2007. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Surgeons, a member of The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the National Medical Association, the Nevada State Medical Association, Clark County Medical Society, the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care and the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.

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PATIENTS testimonials

Las Vegas Bariatrics is committed to the health of our patients. Don’t take our word for it though. Read through testimonials of our many satisfied patients.

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MARK O, GASTRIC SLEEVE PATIENT

“Seeing Dr. Hanna was the best decision I ever made. I was on the wrong track of life. After my surgery my life has never been better, personal and professionally!”

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Debi G, GASTRIC SLEEVE PATIENT

“Seeing Dr. Hanna was the best decision I ever made. I was on the wrong track of life. After my surgery my life has never been better, personal and professionally!”

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John L, GASTRIC SLEEVE PATIENT

“Seeing Dr. Hanna was the best decision I ever made. I was on the wrong track of life. After my surgery my life has never been better, personal and professionally!”

From our blog

Our desire is to equip our patients with every tool possible in order to guarantee success in their weight loss journey.

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Bariatric Surgery Helps Patients Qualify For Kidney Transplants

The wait list for kidney transplants in the United States is growing every year, meaning more patients competing for the same select pool of viable kidneys. There are several limiting factors that evaluate a patient for organ compatibility, including blood type, cross match, and HLA. For obese patients, their weight is the main contraindication for surgery. Morbidly obese patients have increased risks for complications such as transplant failure or organ rejection, wound infection, heart disease, and decreased odds of tissue match. Because obesity creates the potential for such serious complications, patients with a high BMI are often disqualified as a kidney recipient.
Transplant Disqualification Of Morbidly Obese Patients
A patient is classified as morbidly obese if they weigh 100 pounds or more than their ideal weight or has a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or higher. BMI is calculated by dividing a persons weight in kilograms by their height in meters, and then dividing that answer by their height again. A normal body mass index is considered to be 18.5.
One of the restricting factors for eligibility for the waiting list is a patient’s body-mass index. Studies have shown that obese and morbidly obese patients have a decreased likelihood of receiving a kidney transplant or at the very least will remain on the waiting list longer. The median wait time for a kidney transplant of a patient of normal weight is approximately 3 years; for morbidly obese patients the median wait increases to 5 years.
Obese patients must often wait longer due to the increased possibility for dangerous, and potentially life threatening, complications both during and after surgery. Surgical procedures, of any nature, performed on obese patients are more difficult and take longer, which is why weight loss is so highly recommended and necessary for a kidney transplant procedure.
Surgical Weight Loss For Kidney Transplant
Obesity can be common in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), the leading cause for patients in need of a kidney transplant. Unfortunately, patients who are morbidly obese are unable to achieve the necessary amount of weight loss on their own through traditional methods such as diet and exercise.
For many patients in this category, the most effective option is to lose the weight through bariatric surgery. Bariatric surgery procedures are performed on the stomach and/or intestines to restrict food intake helping patients to lose weight and then maintain that weight loss in conjunction with a healthier diet and lifestyle. Through bariatric surgery, countless patients with ESRD have been able to lose the weight needed to help them qualify for their kidney transplant.
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Bariatric surgery is an effective way for severely obese patients to have a chance at getting a new kidney and a new lease on life. Bariatric surgery for patients in need of a kidney transplant requires a surgeon who is familiar with the delicate situation and physical needs associated with ESRD and dialysis. Dr. Bernie Hanna of Las Vegas Bariatrics has successfully treated many patients in this situation. With years of extensive experience and knowledge, Dr. Hanna is able to help morbidly obese patients lose the weight needed to qualify for their kidney transplant, not to mention the benefit of a healthier life.
At Las Vegas Bariatrics, Dr. Hanna will sit with you and help you decide which procedure is best for you. He is committed to providing superior and compassionate care focused on improving the life and overall health of all his patients.
If you or someone you love suffers from ESRD or is in need of a kidney transplant but must first lose weight to qualify, Contact Las Vegas Bariatrics today for more information on bariatric surgery.

Las Vegas Bariatrics
6140 South Fort Apache Road Suite 100 Las Vegas, NV 89148
(702) 384-1160

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Metabolic Surgery As Type 2 Diabetes Treatment

Metabolic surgery refers to surgical procedures that are normally used for weight management to manage blood sugar levels and treat metabolic diseases. Managing blood sugar levels is critical to controlling the symptoms associated with Type 2 diabetes. In May of 2016, new guidelines were presented recommending the use of metabolic surgeries as a treatment for Type 2 diabetes in patients who are obese. The International Diabetes Association, the American Diabetes Association, and over 40 other medical groups around the world have approved these guidelines.
Although the exact explanation behind the effectiveness of metabolic surgery has not yet been determined, metabolic surgery has proven to be a successful treatment option for obese or mildly obese patients with Type 2 Diabetes. A study performed by the Journal of the American Medical Association in 2004 found that out of 22,000 patients who underwent bariatric surgery, 86% reported that their diabetes had completely resolved or improved.
Types of Procedures
There are a number of bariatric procedures that can be classified as a metabolic surgery, each with different benefits and side effects. A consultation with an experienced doctor and surgeon is the best way to properly decide the surgery that will most benefit your physical needs. Dr. Bernie Hanna has extensive experience performing successful bariatric surgeries for patients with Type 2 Diabetes and is able to provide knowledgeable direction in deciding the most effective surgery for each individual patient.
Roux-en-y Gastric Bypass surgery takes a portion of the stomach to create a new and smaller stomach pouch, which is connected into the middle of the small intestine. This causes food to bypass the larger portion of the stomach along with the small intestine. This procedure has had the most success in treating Type 2 Diabetes
Another option is Sleeve Gastrectomy, in which the larger part of the stomach is removed with the rest stapled into a narrow sleeve-like shape. Success rates for sleeve gastrectomy are comparable to those of RNY gastric bypass.
Gastric Band surgery in which a band is wrapped around the upper part of the stomach in order to shrink it is another effective option that has recently been added under the category of metabolic surgery. However the Gastric Band is falling out of favor for several reasons and many surgeons are not performing this procedure anymore.
Who Makes For A Good Candidate?
Ideal candidates for metabolic surgery will have Type 2 diabetes with an HbA1c of 7.0 or higher. Other candidates for metabolic surgery are diabetic patients with a body-mass index (BMI) of 30.0 or above.
Success Rates
Surgeons were pleased to learn that the surgeries they were performing for weight loss were lowering blood sugar levels in their patients long before weight loss began. Today, the evidence is still being gathered regarding the long-term effects of metabolic surgery on blood sugar levels. STAMPEDE, one of the largest scale studies involving roughly 150 people, has shown half of their surgery group participants to have HbA1c levels below 7.0% at the five-year mark. One in five participants had an HbA1c of 6.0% or less after five years, which is considered as being remission.
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Dr. Hanna has the experience and knowledge to comprehensively explain each procedure and its corresponding benefits, risks and side effects. Contact us at Las Vegas Bariatrics today for any questions or to schedule a consultation.

Las Vegas Bariatrics
6140 South Fort Apache Road Suite 100 Las Vegas, NV 89148
(702) 384-1160

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Bariatric Surgery Can Cause Lactose Intolerance

Lactose is a naturally occurring sugar found in milk and dairy products that is broken down in the small intestine by the digestive enzyme lactase. Roughly 10% of adults in the US are lactose intolerant. Lactose intolerance is caused when the body cannot produce enough lactase to effectively process or digest lactose.
Unfortunately, lactose intolerance is among the most common side effects resulting from gastric bypass and other bariatric surgeries. In such cases, refraining from consuming milk products is vital to avoid adverse physical reactions. Lactose intolerance can cause cramping, abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence, indigestion and diarrhea.
How Does Lactose Intolerance Develope In Post-Op Patients?
When someone with a healthy stomach drinks milk, it first gathers in the stomach before continuing its journey into the small intestine. The milk isn’t released into the small intestine all at once, however. It is slowly released so as to ensure a sufficient amount of the lactase enzyme is present to gradually digest the lactose. After a gastric bypass procedure, milk travels into the small intestine at a much faster rate. The larger volume of milk entering the intestine all at once exhausts the body’s supply of available lactase, and lactose intolerance symptoms occur.
Bariatric Surgery Can Cause Lactose Intolerance
Lactose-Controlled Diet
If you are having trouble processing lactose following a bariatric surgery, it is highly recommend that you stop consuming milk products. While this can be challenging for some patients, there are many lactose-free and alternative milk products to help calm your cravings. You should also avoid soymilk products or any sweetened milk substitute. High sugar products are not conducive to your diet following surgery. There are plenty of unsweetened alternative milk products to choose from including almond milk, coconut milk, cashew milk and lactose-free milk, which has lactose removed through processing. A wide range of dairy free products are available in all grocery stores making it easier than ever to accommodate a lactose free diet.
It is important to get in the habit of reading food labels thoroughly, as many less obvious processed foods contain milk or milk-based ingredients. Always check with your doctor to make sure that the products you choose are appropriate and won’t cause you any further digestive problems.
Las Vegas Bariatric Surgery
Dr. Bernie Hanna has years of knowledge and experience concerning the potential side effects of bariatric surgery. If you are experiencing problems with lactose following a gastric bypass or other procedure, contact our office today to meet with Dr. Hanna.

Las Vegas Bariatrics
6140 South Fort Apache Road Suite 100 Las Vegas, NV 89148
(702) 384-1160

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