Sleep Apnea, GERD and Gastric Sleeve Surgery

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Why are people with sleep apnea and GERD at high risk during gastric sleeve bypass surgery? And what are the associated deaths 3 to 5 years following surgery?

My husband is having this surgery in 4 days, and he has both of these issues.


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Surgeon Response to 'Sleep Apnea, GERD and Gastric Sleeve Surgery'

by: Dr. Gregg Jossart - Bariatric Surgery Source Advisory Council

Generally patients with sleep apnea can be become safer for surgery by losing weight to reduce their sleep apnea and by properly treating their sleep apnea with CPAP.

Reflux often gets better with some weight loss operations and the weight loss itself. Reflux is a minor risk factor for surgery in that it increases the chance of aspiration, so be sure your stomach is empty the morning of surgery.

Month and years after surgery when you are at a much thinner weight, the sleep apnea either resolves or is greatly improved.

Dr. Gregg Jossart

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DISCLAIMER: This educational advice is based on the depth of your question and the details provided. The above should never replace the advice of your local physicians as they have the ability to evaluate you in person.

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