Sleep apnea syndrome in the morbidly obese as an indication for weight reduction surgery

Ann Surg. 1984 Jan;199(1):112-5. doi: 10.1097/00000658-198401000-00020.


Fifteen morbidly obese patients with Sleep Apnea Syndrome (SAS) were studied during nocturnal sleep before and between 2 to 4 months after a weight reduction surgery. Six patients were also recorded between 4 to 8 months after surgery. Postoperative recordings revealed a dramatic reduction in the sleep apnea index and an improvement in sleep motility and daytime vigilance levels. A further decrease in apneas and sleep motility was seen in the late post-treatment recording. These results indicate that weight reduction surgery is an effective definitive treatment for obesity associated SAS.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Body Weight
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Ileum / surgery*
  • Jejunum / surgery*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Obesity / complications
  • Obesity / therapy*
  • Sleep Apnea Syndromes / etiology*