Non-Surgical Weight Loss
Obesity is one of the major risks for OSA. Losing weight, especially reducing fat deposits in the neck and tongue, can improve sleep apnea. Even though weight loss may not get rid of sleep apnea completely, there are many other health benefits from having a normal weight. Safe weight loss also takes time, so you may decide to use weight loss along with other therapies that act more quickly.
Sources: American Thoracic Society
Gastric bypass, also called Roux-en-Y (roo-en-wy) gastric bypass, is a type of weight-loss surgery that involves creating a small pouch from the stomach and connecting the newly created pouch directly to the small intestine. After gastric bypass, swallowed food will go into this small pouch of stomach and then directly into the small intestine, thereby bypassing most of your stomach and the first section of your small intestine.
Gastric bypass is one of the most commonly performed types of bariatric surgery. Gastric bypass is done when diet and exercise haven’t worked or when you have serious health problems because of your weight.
Sources: Mayo Clinic
Sleeve gastrectomy, also called a vertical sleeve gastrectomy, is a surgical weight-loss procedure. This procedure is typically performed laparoscopically, which involves inserting small instruments through multiple small incisions in the upper abdomen. During sleeve gastrectomy, about 80% of the stomach is removed, leaving a tube-shaped stomach about the size and shape of a banana.
Limiting the size of your stomach restricts the amount of food you are able to consume. In addition, the procedure prompts hormonal changes that assist with weight loss. These same hormonal changes also help relieve conditions associated with being overweight, such as high blood pressure or heart disease.
Sources: Mayo Clinic
Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding
Laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB) is a type of weight-loss surgery. Weight-loss surgery is also called bariatric surgery. It’s done as a laparoscopic surgery, with small incisions in the upper abdomen. The surgeon puts an adjustable band around the top part of the stomach. This creates a very small stomach pouch. The small stomach pouch means that you’ll feel full after eating less food. This will help you lose weight.
LAGB is used to treat severe obesity. It’s advised for people who have tried other weight loss methods without long-term success.
Sources: John Hopkins Medicine
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