Bariatric Surgery Patients
Are you planning or considering bariatric surgery? At our centers near Philadelphia, we have extensive experience with treating patients who are undergoing bariatric surgery (such as gastric bypass, sleeve gastrectomy, and laproscopic band “lap band” surgery).
A sleep evaluation and study is required by most surgeons prior to weight loss surgery. The reason for this is that patients who undergo weight loss surgery are at high risk for obstructive sleep apnea. If someone has obstructive sleep apnea, and is not treated, there is a higher risk of complications from anesthesia or during the hospitalization.
We are able to provide a comprehensive and prompt evaluation so that you can proceed with surgery safely, and usually without delay. Many patients who are undergoing Bariatric surgery are overwhelmed with medical appointments, tests, and consultations. We make certain you understand why a test is needed and how treatment can help you. If you require treatment with CPAP, we make certain that your treatment is started quickly and arrange for close followup in our office.
We also understand that your care should continue after surgery. As patients lose weight from surgery, obstructive sleep apnea may improve or resolve. With weight loss from surgery, patients can experience difficulty with CPAP such as increased dry mouth, difficulty tolerating the air pressure, or gassiness. Our physicians and team work closely with you to adjust your CPAP machine and alter your treatment as needed. As you approach your goal weight, or become symptom free, we often will repeat a sleep test to make sure your sleep problem has resolved.