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Bariatric Surgery and Sleep Apnea

If you are considering bariatric, or gastric bypass surgery, it is important to identify and understand any sleep disorders you may be suffering from. The development of sleep apnea, which impedes breathing and results in daytime sleepiness and fatigue, is common for many overweight and obese individuals.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) occurs when the upper airway becomes narrow as the muscles relax naturally during sleep. And as a result there is less oxygen in the blood which causes restlessness and arousal from sleep. If not properly treated before surgery, a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea can add complications and influence the success rate of this procedure.

When to See the Sleep Center

Anesthesia used during the gastric bypass procedure for sedation and respiratory depression is a concern for those with sleep apnea.  The effects of anesthesia can linger in your body and may require additional monitoring of your airways and pulmonary system. The Sleep Center of the Rockies team can provide many recommendations and treatment options to ensure your surgery is as safe and successful as possible.


Your Sleep Center of the Rockies physician may recommend any number of treatments before you are cleared for surgery. The most common treatment for sleep apnea is the use of a CPAP device (or continuous positive airway pressure). The device helps carry air into the lungs during sleep by assisting the patient with inhaling. The CPAP machine delivers a stream of compressed air into the throat and keeps your airway open so that unobstructed breathing becomes possible.

Contact us to find out more about the diagnosis and treatment of sleep apnea and get started on the path to a healthier and happier you.