Bariatric Surgery Not A Cure For Sleep Apnea
October 18, 2012
It’s been taught that significant weight loss in morbidly obese people can cure sleep apnea. My experience with patients and this recent study from Australia shows that in many cases, you can lose a lot of weight, but your sleep apnea severity may not improve significantly. Just like any intervention for sleep apnea, you’ll see a wide range of responses. Some people are cured, some have no effect, but most are somewhere in the middle. I generally counsel my patients that you’ll likely go down one level in the severity of sleep apnea: If you start with mild sleep apnea, losing a lot of weight may get you down into the normal levels, and if you start at severe sleep apnea, that same weight loss may get you down to moderate levels.
Did you lose a lot of weight, and if so, how much did your sleep apnea improve?