Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Sleep apnea and gastric bypass

We all know about the connection between being overweight and having sleep apnea. Your chances of having sleep apnea are much greater if you are overweight and if you lose weight it probably will make the sleep apnea less severe. It wouldn’t cure it but it will help. But what if you are a candidate for Gastric Bypass Surgery, are there any problems if you are a sleep apnea patient?

According to Gastric Bypass Surgery is “combines the creation of a small stomach pouch to restrict food intake and construction of bypasses of the duodenum and other segments of the small intestine to cause malabsorption (decreased ability to absorb calories and nutrients from food).” There are risks involved in this type of surgery such as the band that is tightened around the stomach may erode, the stomach pouch may get bigger and leakage of stomach acid into the other organs. This is just a few of the things that could go wrong. So it is a serious operation.

For those with obstructive sleep apnea there is also the added risk of being put under by anesthesia. Like any surgery that a sleep apnea patient has done special precautions are needed when going under the knife. With gastric bypass surgery the sleep apnea patient may have to stay in the hospital and be monitored for a couple days because the anesthesia may last up to 48 hours in your body.

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