Obstructive Sleep Apnea Predicted by the STOP-BANG Questionnaire is Not Associated with Higher Rates of Post-Operative Complications Among a High-Risk Surgical Cohort

This study investigated whether OSA predicted by the STOP-BANG questionnaire would be associated with higher rates of post-operative cardiac, respiratory or neurological complications in a selected high-risk population with established major comorbidities undergoing major surgery.

In 310 patients, OSA as predicted by the STOP-BANG score was not associated with higher rates of post-operative complications in patients with major comorbidities undergoing high-risk surgery. As the findings from this cohort stand in contrast with other observational studies, more definitive studies are required to particuarly establish a causative link between OSA and post-operative complications in populations with higher perioperative risk from baseline.