BARIATRIC ASSESSMENT STUDY
Patients currently being assessed for bariatric surgery at area hospitals in addition to patients of The Wharton Clinic, will be assessed for sleep apnea using our new bariatric sleep beds and state of the art Respironics sleep equipment.
Patients diagnosed with sleep apnea who are enrolled in a weight loss program / bariatric program will be encouraged to purchase special CPAP equipment made by Respironics that allows compliance to be monitored from either the sleep laboratory or the Home Care Company. Using Encore Anywhere software and a link to the Home Care Company we will be able to monitor the changing needs of the apnea patient as weight is lost. This will prevent the patient from needing repeat studies in the laboratory.
Please mark referral forms with a notation that the patient is either pre-bariatric surgery or involved in a medical weight loss program.