What is the ABC Study?
The Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are conducting a clinical research study comparing two treatments for sleep apnea. Sleep Apnea can negatively affect your health and along with being overweight, can increase the risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, reflux disease and depression as well as daytime sleepiness.
Currently, the most common treatement for sleep apnea is CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure. Many patients don’t like wearing the mask every night, so there’s been a lot of interest in finding alternative treatments. One possibility that has shown very promising results is weight loss. Being overweight is one of the strongest risk factors for sleep apnea, so anything that helps you lose weight could improve your symptoms. One of the most effective ways to lose weight is through bariatric or weight loss surgery.
The overall goal of the study is to compare the effectiveness of CPAP versus lap-band surgery for treating sleep apnea. We will have two groups of participants – one group will receive CPAP, while the other group will undergo weight loss surgery.