Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a health condition where you stop breathing when asleep because the soft tissue present at the back of the throat collapses and closes the airway. Snoring is a preliminary symptom of OSA.
Morbid obesity is the prime cause of sleep apnea and other respiratory issues. If you have an excessive body weight, the fat would press down on the chest and lungs which can results in a potentially dangerous OSA condition.
Bariatric surgery is a proven and effective way to achieve significant weight loss for obese individuals. Innovative and kind bariatric surgeon Dr. Wiljon Beltre provides weight loss procedures to patients in Orlando, Tampa, Altamonte Springs, Central Florida, and surrounding locations in this region of the nation.
Treating Sleep Apnea with Weight Loss
According to clinical data, obstructive sleep apnea is present in 60 percent of the patients that undergo weight loss surgery. When you reduce the overall excess body weight, the fat deposits in the neck and tongue that may cause sleep apnea also get reduced. As per a recent research report, OSA was resolved in 85.7 percent of the patients following gastric bypass surgery.
Many people suffering from the sleep apnea do not get diagnosed for it. If you are obese, fall asleep at the day time, or snore heavily during night, you should consult your doctor about undergoing bariatric surgery for weight loss.
Is sleep apnea related to obesity?
Obesity is very closely linked with sleep apnea. Obese people are nearly 10 times more vulnerable to this condition. If you are obese or have a body mass index of more than 30, then you are at a significant risk of sleep apnea. The more your body weight, the greater would be quantity of fat pressing on your lungs and chest.
Some people who have fat in abundance around the abdominal area (apple shaped people) are also more vulnerable to this disease. Sleep apnea is often associated with metabolic syndrome, which is a blend of disorders related to obesity, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and hypertension. Moreover, people suffering from sleep apnea remain too tired to exercise and can gain weight easily.
Is weight loss surgery effective for sleep apnea?
Bariatric surgery is useful for individuals that are obese and suffer from OSA. When you lose 10 percent of your body weight, you would be able to decrease the risk of sleep apnea by 25 percent. Bariatric surgery is a proven method to have long-term sustained weight loss for all those who are morbidly obese (people with BMI of more than 35 and serious obesity related health issues, including sleep apnea).
Gastric bypass is one of the common bariatric procedures. It is also an effective treatment for sleep apnea. Successful bariatric surgery is linked with the improvement or complete resolution of OSA. Patients who undergo this surgery report improvement in their daytime sleepiness and snoring.
Profound and considerate bariatric surgeon Dr. Wiljon Beltre receives patients from Orlando, Tampa, Altamonte Springs, Central Florida, and other towns and neighborhoods in this part of one the most amazing states in the country for weight loss surgery.
Important Note: If the weight is regained, diabetes and other conditions could return.
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 407-830-6868 or Click Here to Schedule a Consultation.