Among the variables measured during sleep testing, the AHI (apnea-hypopnea index) is one of the most important. The AHI is the sum of the number of apneas (pauses in breathing) plus the number of hypopneas (episodes of shallow breathing) that occur each hour, on average.
In moderate or severe sleep apnea, the AHI is 15 or higher. These patients will need to be treated with CPAP or some other type of device prior to surgery.
Our practice works with Cornerstone Medical to provide CPAP devices to patients with moderate-to-severe sleep apnea and help them get it set up. They will contact the patient directly to make this arrangement.
If an order was sent to Cornerstone on your behalf and they do not contact you within the next 48 hours, please contact them at 888-594-0066.
Patients who are diagnosed with moderate-to-severe sleep apnea must use their CPAP devices as prescribed in order to proceed with surgery, otherwise anesthesiology will cancel the procedure!