Sleep Apnea After the Lap Band

Lap-Band Surgery is effective in treating obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in obese patients and improves overall sleep quality, found a new study. Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which the flow of air pauses or decreases during breathing while you are asleep because the airway has become narrowed, blocked, or floppy. These pauses are called episodes, and a person with OSA can have 30 or more of them in an hour, according to the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. Sleep Apnea causes poor sleep quality that can lead to daytime drowsiness, fatigue, and moodiness. Untreated sleep apnea increases one’s risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity, and diabetes, according to the National Sleep Society.

The new study, published by Florida Bariatric Surgeon, Dr. Mark Fusco, used 2 year interim data from the APEX trial, an ongoing 5-year, prospective, observational study of the Lap-Band AP system.  At 1 year after surgery, 36% of patients had resolution or improvement of OSA and by 2 years, this increased to 86%. The average BMI at 2 years for those that had resolution or improvement of OSA was about 36, representing a 20% loss of body weight. In addition to sleep apnea benefits, the patients in the study experienced improvement in other obesity-related comorbidities such as type 2 diabetes (96%) and hypertension (91%). The study authors concluded that the data shows that surgically-induced weight loss can affect the resolution or improvement of OSA and sleep-related quality of life, and that the degree of weight loss may be related to these changes.

For patients who suffer from obesity, weight loss surgery may be the best chance of improving the quality, and perhaps the quantity of life itself. Please contact our practice today to schedule a consultation and learn more about weight loss surgery.

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