Surgical Qualifiers

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Not everyone is a candidate for the Get2REM procedure. The following is a pre-surgical set of qualifiers that will help you see if surgery is available to you now, or in the near term once these issues have met our criteria.

Visit your local physician: It is very important to let your physician or nurse practitioner know you are considering this procedure as a remedy for your obstructive sleep apnea. If you do not do well under general anesthesia, your provider may advise against this procedure for your safety.  We will endorse that decision as well.

Get a “certified” sleep study: If you have CPAP, you have almost certainly had a sleep study performed. If for some reason you have not had a sleep study conducted by a physician sleep specialist, you will need this to proceed.

Body Mass Index: Those who carry their weight around their neck and who have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of greater than 32 are generally advised to loose the necessary weight in order that the Get2REM procedure is not compromised by excess soft tissue. Once the desired BMI is achieved, patients are now ready for Get2REM! For your convenience, reference this BMI table to help you determine if this factor may delay your procedure.

BMI CHART

Age: Generally speaking, age is not a consideration unless you are managing heart disease or other significant chronic diseases. That said, this is a robust surgical procedure and after the procedure, nutrition is reduced to a non-chewable, soft diet for 4-6 weeks. If you have a nutritional imbalance or are at risk of nutritional deficiency due to the regimental requirements for post-operative healing, this procedure may not be for you.  Medicare does not pay for this procedure where CPAP treatment has been medically prescribed.

Chronic Disease: If you have diagnosed heart disease, you may not qualify for this procedure due to the need for a general anesthetic.  We ask that you consult your physician and get consent to proceed. All other chronic diseases such as depression, diabetes, neurological disorders, etc., must be disclosed in your preoperative forms. Depending on the stage of illness, you may or may not be at risk.  Each and every prospective patient will be examined by us as to his/her meeting our strict clinical criteria for surgery.