Does Gastric Bypass Cure Sleep Apnea?

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Gastric Bypass Cures Sleep Apnea

The reason that morbidly obese patients develop sleep apnea is usually because of obstruction of the airway. As patients lose weight the obstruction decreases. When patients have lost a significant amount of weight sleep apnea goes away as well. There was a study done in 2007 which showed that gastric bypass cured or significantly improved sleep apnea in 86% of patients.


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Sleep Apnea and gastric bypass

There are several different reasons for sleep apnea including both central and obstructive. While sleep apnea is associated with morbid obesity and gastric bypass may produce an improvement, this is not always the case. It is very complex and you should undergo evaluation by a specialist.

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Yes gastric bypass cures sleep apnea

Gastric bypass results in excellent weight loss which results in resolution and/or dramatic improvement in sleep apnea in over 90% of patients.

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