Perioperative management of obstructive sleep apnea

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

154 Scopus citations


Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common breathing disorder, with a high prevalence in both the general and surgical populations. OSA is frequently undiagnosed, and the initial recognition often occurs during medical evaluation undertaken to prepare for surgery. Adverse respiratory and cardiovascular outcomes are associated with OSA in the perioperative period; therefore, it is imperative to identify and treat patients at high risk for the disease. In this review, we discuss the epidemiology of OSA in the surgical population and examine the available data on perioperative outcomes. We also review the identification of high-risk patients using clinical screening tools and suggest intraoperative and postoperative treatment regimens. Additionally, the role of continuous positive airway pressure in perioperative management of OSA and a brief discussion of ambulatory surgery in patients with OSA is provided. Finally, an algorithm to guide perioperative management is suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1489-1498
Number of pages10
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


Dive into the research topics of 'Perioperative management of obstructive sleep apnea'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this