Sleep Study - Will I pass!?!?!?!
I just met with my surgeon yesterday and basically I need a sleep study and to lose 10lbs and we can schedule surgery. I am scheduled for my sleep study tomorrow, but if I don't pass then it will most likely push my surgery back at least a month! I may sound anxious, but I really was hoping to have surgery in May due to my work schedule. How do they determine if you "fail" a sleep study? Is there anything I can do to prepare?
If you DO have sleep apnea then it's better to get started on a CPAP machine and have your surgery pushed back than to increase your surgical/anesthetic risk by being untreated.
You can't really prepare, just bring comfy clothes and be prepared to be uncomfortable and in a weird bed and hooked to wires.
Also, if you have untreated OSA, the surgery itself is far more dangerous. The anesthesiologist will adjust the breathing apparatus, the anesthesia and your pain medication based on your OSA results. If you have it and it's not diagnosed you will more likely to have breathing problems in surgery or in recovery, and it will keep you from healing quickly after surgery.
So if you are diagnosed and it delays your surgery for a couple of weeks, consider those couple of weeks as an investment into making sure your surgery safer and your journey more successful. It is worth the wait to get this piece in line.