Obstructive Sleep Apnea

If a person experiences intermittent sleep interruptions due to involuntary cessation of breathing, they may be suffering from a condition called sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can disrupt vital recuperative sleep patterns, and pose more health hazards in extreme cases. Obstructive sleep apnea is more commonly seen in obese people with a BMI of 35 or above. Bariatric surgery is an effective solution for such people to reduce weight and cut down the problem of sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea, obesity and metabolic syndrome may be interconnected, and sometimes, may be mutually aggravating. Dr. Wiljon Beltre provides advanced weight loss surgeries, which can help resolve conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Beltre is an eminent bariatric surgeon providing weight loss solutions to patients in Orlando, Tampa, Maitland, Central Florida, and surrounding locations through the Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery.


Holistic Approach

Dr. Beltre adopts a holistic and comprehensive treatment approach to resolving sleep apnea through weight loss with bariatric surgery. He will educate the patient about various aspects of the procedure, introduce latest and proven surgical and medical interventions, and provide personalized care along with his compassionate staff to support the patient throughout the treatment.

Before the treatment plan is formulated, the surgeon will assess a potential linkage between the condition of obesity and the patient’s problem of fatigue, energy loss, and irregular sleep patterns. Once a link between obesity and sleep apnea is established, the bariatric surgeon will create a customized weight loss surgery plan.


Mutually Reinforcing Relationship

One of the key problems, according to some researchers, is that obesity and sleep apnea may have a mutually reinforcing relationship. Obesity can contribute to sleep apnea because the airway of an obese individual may be obstructed due to the presence of large tonsils, an enlarged tongue, and excessive neck fat tissue. These conditions can put the throat muscles under greater stress during sleep.

Sleep apnea, on the other hand, may lead to progression of obesity because it creates fatigue and increased appetite due to sleep loss. Dr. Beltre offers cutting edge solutions for weight loss with a goal to deliver permanent relief from sleep apnea. He receives patients from Orlando, Tampa, Maitland, Central Florida, and nearby areas.


Treating Sleep Apnea through Weight Loss

Bariatric surgery will help the patient to lose a significant amount of weight. This will gradually improve the body’s respiratory function, enabling increasingly normalized sleep patterns and resolving sleep apnea. Patients who are using CPAP treatment for sleep apnea may have to continue the treatment for sometime after bariatric surgery.

However, as the neck fat tissue is reduced, pressure on throat muscles is relieved, and blockages are cleared, sleep apnea will be minimized without the need for CPAP. The improvement in sleep patterns will gradually generate a positive feedback loop.

As the patient enjoys more sound sleep, their appetite and eating habits will become easier to manage and the ability to perform strenuous exercises will increase. This will promote more weight loss, and in turn, minimize sleep apnea.


To find out more about the procedures & treatments performed by Orlando Bariatric Surgeon, Dr. Wiljon Beltre, at The Center for Metabolic and Obesity Surgery Call 321-499-6505 or Click Here to Schedule a Consultation.

Please note: If the weight is regained, conditions could return.

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