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Alleviate Sleep Apnea with Bariatric Surgery

Woman lying on her sofaExcess weight can put a lot of stress on the body, resulting in health problems such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and sleep apnea. Bariatric surgery alters the size of the stomach and restricts the amount of calories that can be absorbed to assist patients in losing the excess weight that is compromising their overall health.

The surgical procedures offered at Tijuana Bariatric Center dramatically improve weight loss results and alleviate many health conditions. Oftentimes, after bariatric surgery, sleep apnea is no longer a problem for our Tijuana, BC patients.

Causes of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts while a patient sleeps. There are two primary types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

Central sleep apnea is the less common form of this condition. Central sleep apnea is caused by the brain’s failure to send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing.

Obstructive sleep apnea is far more common. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles at the back of the throat relax. In their relaxed state, these muscles narrow a person’s airways and make it more difficult to take in a full breath. A lack of oxygen then causes the brain to briefly wake the body so that a breath can be taken. There are several factors that increase the risk of obstructive sleep apnea. One of the most common risk factors is excess weight.

Excess weight greatly increases the risk of obstructive sleep apnea. In fact, obese patients are four times as likely to suffer from obstructive sleep apnea as those who are within a healthy weight range. In patients who are overweight, excess fat deposits can collect around the upper airways and constrict breathing.

Bariatric Surgery for Treating Sleep Apnea

There are several different methods that can be considered in the treatment of sleep apnea. However, weight loss is one that has proven especially effective in alleviating obstructive sleep apnea. By losing excess weight, many patients are able to open up their airways and encourage easier breathing while they sleep.

Since bariatric surgery assists patients in losing a significant amount of weight, the procedure can also benefits patients in their treatment of sleep apnea. Recent studies have shown that bariatric surgery (and the weight loss that follows) can alleviate sleep apnea. A series of studies involving 13,900 bariatric surgery patients found that over 75 percent of participants reported seeing an improvement in their condition of obstructive sleep apnea after bariatric surgery.

Schedule a Consultation

If you are interested in losing weight to improve your health and enhance your quality of life, bariatric surgery can help. Bariatric surgery has helped countless obese individuals shed excess weight and take control of their bodies. To learn more about the bariatric procedures offered at Tijuana Bariatric Center, and whether one may be right for you, schedule a consultation at your earliest convenience. We look forward to hearing from you.

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