Weight-loss Surgery Provides Restful Nights

March 11, 2019

Brandon Chandler was not getting much sleep at night, partly due to worry about whether he would wake up in the morning.

“My wife would complain of me snoring constantly and there would be several instances where she would have to wake me up in the middle of the night because I had stopped breathing,” Chandler said. “There were times I would wake myself up gasping for air.”

That was more than 145 pounds ago. Chandler, 37, of Bixby, Missouri, had sleeve gastrectomy surgery last summer to reduce the size of his stomach.

“Now I sleep great,” Chandler said.  “It’s a good feeling to be rested and ready to go the next morning.”

brandon-mercy-bariatrics-2019 Brandon Chandler lost more than 140 pounds in eight months following surgery and no longer has sleep apnea. Having the energy to keep up with the animals on his farm is one of the benefits of better sleep at night.

After an eight-hour day at work, he would come home exhausted and spend most of the time in his recliner, watching TV until it was time to go to bed.

“Now that I am getting full sleep, I have the energy to do the things I enjoy: the hunting and fishing, working on the farm, taking care of my animals,” Chandler said. “I would recommend this for anybody who has ever had a weight-loss battle or sleep apnea issue.”

He’s not the only one in the house enjoying more restful nights.

“If Dad’s sleeping better, everybody’s sleeping better. Sometimes the snoring would get pretty intense,” he said.

Dr. Jay Snow, medical director for the bariatric surgery program at Mercy Hospital Jefferson, was Chandler’s surgeon. Dr. Snow said the changes Chandler has seen are typical.

“Patients will notice improvements in their sleep apnea in as little as a month after their surgery,” Dr. Snow said. “They get a better night’s sleep. They are more rested in the morning. As many as 80 percent of patients will actually be cured of their sleep apnea within a year of their surgery.”

Prior to surgery, Chandler’s Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) machine provided relief, but it wasn’t enough, he said.

“I was on the CPAP machine about four or five years. It helped some, but I still had issues and fighting with the mask and the hose and cleaning,” he said. “I do not use the machine anymore. When I get up, I feel like I’ve had a full, peaceful night’s sleep.”

Snow_Jay_MD_0205 4x3 Surgeon Jay M. Snow, MD, says sleep apnea is one of several conditions that benefit from bariatric surgery.

That was not always the case, he said he would wake up in the morning feeling like he never went to bed at all. He often found himself dozing off during the day.

Renewed energy and improved sleep are just the start of his health improvements since surgery.

“I was on a handful of medicines every day: neuropathy medications for joint pain, cholesterol medicine, blood pressure medicine. I’m down to half a blood pressure pill every day, no cholesterol medicine, no joint pain,” he said.

Chandler was complimentary of the physician and the entire bariatric services team.

"Dr. Snow and his staff have been there every step of the way,” Chandler said. “With step-by-step training before the actual surgery preparing you for what you have to expect. It’s a lifestyle change, but in my opinion, it is a guaranteed change for the best.”

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