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Can I have anesthesia if I have obstructive sleep apnea?

It is important to let your anesthesiologist know if you have, or suspect you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Patients with OSA may be more sensitive to some of the medications used during anesthesia.

People with severe OSA may not be suitable for outpatient surgery, and may require observation of their breathing in a hospital setting after surgery. Also, OSA may be worsened after surgery. When possible, your own CPAP machine may be used in the recovery room to help you wake up safely.

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