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Sleep Apnea and Respiratory Problems


Health Benefits of Bariatric Surgery in Las Vegas

*Individual results may vary

What is sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is when breathing suddenly stops because soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses and closes during sleep. Morbid obesity can cause sleep apnea and other respiratory problems. The greater your excess body weight, the greater the amount of fat pressing down on your chest and lungs. When you are morbidly obese, you are likely to have a greater buildup of fat deposits in the tongue and neck. While sleep apnea may occur regardless of someone’s age, gender, or body mass, the disease tends to be more severe in the obese.

How is it affected by bariatric surgery?

Reducing overall excess body weight reduces fat deposits in the tongue and neck that cause sleep apnea. Clinical data show that sleep apnea is present in 60 percent of clients undergoing bariatric surgery.

What success have clients found through bariatric surgery?

Recent research found that obstructive sleep apnea was resolved in 85.7 percent of clients through gastric bypass surgery.

Many people suffering from sleep apnea go undiagnosed. If you are obese and feel tired and fall asleep during the day, talk to your physician about sleep apnea.

Blossom Bariatrics in Las Vegas, Nevada, is home to nationally renowned, board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeon, Dr. Tom Umbach and Dr. Matthew Apel. We offer a wealth of highly effective procedures, including the gastric sleeve and gastric bypass. In addition, our bariatric surgeons perform revision bariatric surgery for clients who have undergone unsatisfactory surgery elsewhere. Our team of dedicated professionals invite you to schedule a personal appointment.