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

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Himanshu Wickramasinghe, MD, MBBS; Chief Editor: Zab Mosenifar, MD, FACP, FCCP  more...
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Bariatric surgery as therapy for OSA has been investigated in several nonrandomized, uncontrolled studies, with most showing a decrease in the AHI with weight loss. The 2006 practice parameter on medical therapies for OSAHS lists bariatric surgery as an option for OSA, although with limited evidence. [153]


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