Pulmonary Effects of Obesity and Assessment for Bariatric Surgery

  • Bernadette C. ProfetaEmail author


Obesity can profoundly alter lung function and exert adverse effects on respiratory muscle function, mechanics, lung volumes, exercise capacity, and gas exchange. Most morbidly obese patients show some degree of exertional dyspnea and many may have significant impairment of measurable pulmonary function, while showing few symptoms. Fortunately, the detrimental effects of morbid obesity can be improved or reversed with weight loss.


Obstructive Sleep Apnea Bariatric Surgery Sleep Apnea Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Lung Volume 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryThomas Jefferson UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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