Sleep apnea after surgery

on 2/7/18 4:31 am

If you wore a cpap machine- how soon after surgery were you able to stop using it? How did you know you could do with out it. I JUST had my sleep study( just got home) turns out i O2 levels dipped A LOT during my Rem sleep-

on 2/7/18 5:14 am
RNY on 09/12/17

Everyone is different, but for me, I brought my cpap machine to the hospital and no one even took it out of it's case! I haven't used it since surgery, and there has not been one mention from the clinic that I should be using it. I am sleeping better and able to sleep on my side easily. I might be an unusual case, but that's how it's worked out for me. I am down 67 pounds and at present weigh 164lbs - almost 5 months out. Hope this info helps.


Referred May 2016, Orientation July 4, 2016, Pre-Nutrition Class March 31, 2017, Nurse April 10, 2017, Blood work/ECG April 13, 2017, Ultra-sound April 27, 2017, Psychologist May 30, 2017, Colonoscopy and Gastroscopy June 5, 2017, Internist June 13, 2017, Dietician June 14, 2017, 2nd Round of blood work August 2, 2017, Surgeon September 6, 2017, Surgery September 12, 2017 - St. Joe's Hamilton - No Opti

Height 5"4" HW 231 SW222 CW141

PreOp-9 lbs M1-20lbs M2-11lbs M3-13lbs M4-7lbs M5-8lbs M6-7lbs M7-5lbs M8-5lbs M9-2lbs M10-0lbs M11 - 0lbs M12 - 0lbs

on 2/7/18 5:48 am
RNY on 11/14/16

I used mine after surgery for around three months because I was scared of possible heart issues. Once I had lost around 75 lbs from my surgery weight I decided to see how I did without it. Family reported no more snoring so I put it away for good and generally sleep well since. TWH said I should do another sleep study first but I didn't bother. Quite relieved to be done with it!

on 2/7/18 5:51 am - Lindsay, Canada
RNY on 02/26/18

I've got a follow up with my respirologist in July but am expected to continue using mine until I see her, I also have issues with my oxygen levels dipping at night, so will keep using it until told I can stop.

57 - 6'0" - HW:288 SW:260 CW:193

TWH: Referral Aug. '16, Orientation - Nov. 30 '16, Surgeon Oct. 6 '17, Start Optifast Feb. 5'18 - Surgery Feb. 26'18

Opti -25; M1 -23; M2 -17; M3 -7; M4 -5; M5 -5; M6 -6; M7 -0; M8 -2; M9 -0; M10 -2; M11-?

on 2/7/18 6:27 am

some of my concerns in regards to this cpap business is. Holy Moly one of those machines is expensive. Also like say i only need the machine for a brief period of time i would like to not spend 1000$ on one! ugh! also like i wonder how real of a snap shot the sleep study was of my life. I could not sleep on my stomach during the test which is the only way i sleep at home. so many thoughts on this.

Referred 09/19/2017, Surgery 09/26/2018! SW 246.6 M1-

Leslie W.
on 2/7/18 7:00 am - Cobourg, Canada

I started using mine a couple of years before surgery. About 6 months post and almost 100 lbs weight loss I felt the pressure was to high. Went back for another sleep study and no longer needed it.

I used mine in the hospital too.

Referral: August 2010 Orientation TWH: May 25, 2011  NP: June 8/11, f/u sleep clinic June 7, abd u/s June 14, SW: June 28/11  Nutrition Class: July 5/11, Dietician Aug 09, Psychologist Aug 25 Surgeon Sept 16th Surgery Date: Oct 11/11 HW:287, Opti wt: 260 SW: 242
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on 2/7/18 8:55 am

I am 4 years post op, and still use mine, I lost over 160 pounds, and at a normal weight, but still need to use it. I am a perfect example, that just because you loose weight does not guarantee your sleep apnea will go away, I hope for you it does, but as I said not guaranteed

on 2/7/18 10:49 am, edited 2/7/18 2:49 am

I have a concern about cpap after surgery. Sometimes I swallow air from the cpap and wake up with my stomach bloated, and when I sit up I burp quite a bit up. But when I wake up it can be rather painful. I?m Worried what this would do to VSG staples.

My though was I should lose as much weight as possible before surgery, but so far that?s working as well as all the other diets.


on 2/9/18 11:12 pm
VSG on 11/22/16

You won't have to worry about CPAP after surgery. I was concerned as I too had VSG and high pressure rate on CPAP - 17. But I use my CPAP after my VSG and everything is fine. I still wake up feeling "full" of air but otherwise ok.

Tracey 112205
on 2/7/18 6:13 pm - Bumfuknowhere, Canada

Over 12 years later and I am still using mine and will need it for life. My pressure is lower but it never completely went away, wasn't all weight related. You won't know unless you do a follow up test.