Respiratory assessment and management in bariatric surgery

Authors

  • LINDA SCHACHTER

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    1. Centre for Obesity Research and Education, Monash University, Sleep Services Australia, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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  • The Author: Dr Linda Schachter, MBBS, FRACP, PhD, is a respiratory and sleep physician with a long-term special interest in the effects of obesity on lung function, asthma and sleep apnoea. She has been affiliated with bariatric surgical teams since 1999. She is a physician with the Centre for Obesity Research and Education with Monash University and works in private practice.

  • SERIES EDITOR: AMANDA J PIPER

Linda Schachter, Sleep Services Australia, PO Box 1046, Hawthorn, Vic. 3122, Australia. Email: linda@sleepservices.com.au

ABSTRACT

The prevalence of obesity and overweight is growing in adults and children worldwide. With the failure of diets and lifestyle factors, more people are looking to bariatric surgery to address this significant medical problem. Severe obesity may be associated with significant perioperative respiratory complications. This article reviews potential respiratory and sleep complications, screening, and management of these problems.

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