Sleep Apnea in the Bariatric Surgery Patient

  • Rachel J. Givelber
  • Mark H. Sanders


Obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea (OSAH) is a chronic medical condition characterized by repetitive episodes of breathing disturbance, characterized by upper airway obstruction, occurring during sleep. It is extremely common in patients undergoing bariatric surgery and may impact perioperative complications. It is also one of the medical comorbidities of obesity that may be cured after the weight loss resulting from bariatric surgery. This chapter reviews the pathophysiology and clinical aspects of OSAH, emphasizing the relationship with obesity, bariatric preoperative workup and management, and the perioperative implications of OSAH.


Obstructive Sleep Apnea Bariatric Surgery Gastric Bypass Sleep Apnea Continuous Positive Airway Pressure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rachel J. Givelber
    • 1
  • Mark H. Sanders
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine/Sleep Medicine CenterUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Medicine and Anesthesiology, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine/Sleep Medicine CenterUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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