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CPAP and weight loss surgery
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Machine: Philips Remstar series 60
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RE: CPAP and weight loss surgery
(04-24-2014 12:42 PM)jgjones1972 Wrote:  
(04-24-2014 11:24 AM)DocWils Wrote:  ...the magic measure of 40 cm neck circumference is quite real - below that we start to see a reduction of pressure needed.

I just measured my neck at 38/39 cm circumference depending on where measured. My 95% pressure has steadily been rising over the last year from the low 19s to the high 19s while my weight remains stable (though I do look thinner as I have toned up a little).

I guess the "magic" only works for believers...

No, but there are other factors, and of course, you may not have an apnoea based on fat (weight) anyway - this magic measure is strictly for weight related obstructive apnoea. Also, 39 cm (always take the higher number) is awfully close to the tipping point, and if you are taking meds or other aggravators you may find your problems worsening. Not all aponoeas are that simple. I wish they were - it ain't rocket science, but sometimes it IS detective work. And everyone is different.
04-24-2014 04:57 PM
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