What is the role of weight loss in the treatment of hypoventilation syndromes?

Updated: Jul 22, 2021
  • Author: Jazeela Fayyaz, DO; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Weight loss should be encouraged in patients with OHS. Diet regulation and exercise are prudent recommendations, and supervised weight loss programs should be offered to these patients. Unfortunately, many of these patients have numerous comorbidities that prevent them from performing an adequate level of exercise to facilitate significant weight loss.

Bariatric surgical procedures, such as gastric bypass procedures, should be offered to patients who are appropriate surgical candidates and who are willing to accept the risk of the surgical procedure. OHS is associated with a higher operative mortality. [2]


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