What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)?
A condition where you stop breathing (apnea) or have shallow breathing while you sleep. You or a sleeping partner may notice gasping, snorting, or choking sounds. This results in poor sleep quality and daytime tiredness. Sleep apnea increases your risk of other medical conditions like high blood pressure and heart disease. Sleep apnea is very common and you may not know you have it, as it is not usually detectable during a routine doctor’s visit.
Sleep apnea is very common and you may not know you have it, as it is not usually detectable during a routine doctor’s visit.
You may have sleep apnea if:
Sleep apnea is best diagnosed by a special test called a polysomnogram. However, a screening test can be done to assess you risk for having sleep apnea. This will involve questions related to the symptoms above, your age, gender, height, weight, medical history, and neck size. If you are determined to be “high risk” for sleep apnea during the screening test, we recommend asking your primary care physician for a sleep study referral.
Please tell your doctor if you have sleep apnea. Opioids or narcotic pain medications and medication used for anesthesia can make your sleep apnea worse than normal. It is very important for the doctors and nurses taking care of you to know that you have sleep apnea in order to provide the safest care for you. If you have a breathing machine (CPAP machine) continue to use it before surgery and bring it with you on the day of surgery.
If you are considered “high risk” for sleep apnea, your anesthesia team will take extra measures to ensure your safety during your surgery.
When you go home after surgery:
Ask a member of your health care team if you have any questions about sleep apnea before your surgery or as you prepare to go home.
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