Obesity Surgery

, Volume 29, Issue 11, pp 3690–3697 | Cite as

Short-Term Assessment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome Remission Rate after Sleeve Gastrectomy: a Cohort Study

  • Marine Timmerman
  • Damien BasilleEmail author
  • Aurélie Basille-Fantinato
  • Mickaël E. Baud
  • Lionel Rebibo
  • Claire Andrejak
  • Vincent Jounieaux
  • Jean-Daniel Lalau
Original Contributions



Severe obesity is associated with a high prevalence of moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSA). Bariatric surgery has been shown to effectively reduce excess weight and comorbidities.


We evaluated the remission rate of moderate-to-severe OSA (apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) ≥ 15) following sleeve gastrectomy. We performed a single-center retrospective chart review of all patients who underwent preoperative polysomnography (PSG) or polygraphy before primary sleeve gastrectomy. Patients with moderate-to-severe OSA treated by continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) also underwent postoperative PSG. Bivariate analysis was performed to evaluate the criteria associated with remission of moderate-to-severe OSA.


From 2013 to 2018, 39 of 162 patients (24.1%) scheduled for sleeve gastrectomy (SG) presented moderate-to-severe OSA requiring CPAP. Postoperative PSG was performed in 36 patients a mean of 9.9 ± 6.1 months after SG. Mean BMI decreased from 47.4 ± 8.4 to 36.3 ± 7.1 kg/m2 (p < 0.001), and all patients reported clinical improvement of OSA symptoms. A remission of moderate-to-severe OSA was observed in 72.2% of patients with a mean decrease of AHI from 45.8 events/h to 11.3 events/h (p < 0.001). Postoperative neck circumference was the only factor associated with OSA remission.


SG is associated with a rapid improvement of moderate-to-severe OSA partially as a result of a reduction of neck circumference. However, the absence of correlation with excess weight loss suggests that other weight-independent factors may also be involved.


Bariatric surgery Sleeve gastrectomy Polysomnography Obstructive sleep apnea Continuous positive airway pressure 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marine Timmerman
    • 1
  • Damien Basille
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Aurélie Basille-Fantinato
    • 4
  • Mickaël E. Baud
    • 2
  • Lionel Rebibo
    • 5
    • 6
  • Claire Andrejak
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Vincent Jounieaux
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  • Jean-Daniel Lalau
    • 1
    • 7
  1. 1.Department of Endocrinology, Metabolic Diseases and NutritionUniversity Hospital Amiens-PicardieAmiens CedexFrance
  2. 2.Department of Respiratory Diseases and Intensive Care UnitUniversity Hospital Amiens-PicardieAmiens CedexFrance
  3. 3.AGIR UnitUniversity Picardie Jules VerneAmiens CedexFrance
  4. 4.Sleep and Vigilance Disorder UnitUniversity Hospital Amiens-PicardieAmiens CedexFrance
  5. 5.Department of Digestive SurgeryUniversity Hospital Amiens-PicardieAmiens CedexFrance
  6. 6.Department of Digestive, Esogastric and Bariatric SurgeryBichat Claude Bernard University HospitalParisFrance
  7. 7.PériTox Unit, UMR-I 01University Picardie Jules VerneAmiens CedexFrance

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