Surgeries We Perform

Sleep Apnea Surgery in Children

In children, 99% of the time, sleep apnea occurs secondary to enlarged tonsils, enlarged adenoids, or both. Only 5% of the time is obesity and weight gain the underlying problem for children with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea surgery typically consists of removal of the tonsils and adenoids and making sure the child's anterior nasal air passages are open and free of obstruction. Oftentimes, this procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and performed ill a surgical center and takes less than 20 minutes. Postoperative recovery is quick and the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea 95% of the time are gone within 2-3 weeks. The parents may accompany children into the operating room for sleep apnea surgery and postoperatively can contact the doctor at anytime postoperatively via cell phone. The professionals at the Pediatric Ear, Nose, & Throat Clinic have been taking care of children with sleep apnea based surgery for over 25 years. If you suspect your child has sleep apnea, disordered breathing, or airway obstruction, please contact the professionals at the Pediatric Ear, Nose, & Throat Clinic at 1-800-526-0998.