What is the role of bariatric surgery in childhood obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) treatment?

Updated: Feb 13, 2019
  • Author: Mary E Cataletto, MD; Chief Editor: Denise Serebrisky, MD  more...
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Although bariatric surgery is primarily performed in patients who are obese, the associated weight loss may be of value in reducing obstructive sleep apnea because obesity predicts a lower success rate in treatment of obstructive sleep apnea by adenotonsillectomy.

The effects of weight loss surgery on health problems associated with morbid obesity include decreases in severity or incidence of obstructive sleep apnea, diabetes, asthma, hypertension, infertility, arthritis, heart disease, reflux, stress incontinence, and pseudotumor cerebri.

Go to Surgical Approach to Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea for complete information on this topic.

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