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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>S</strong>ome people who have sleep apnea may benefit from surgery. The type of surgery and how well it works depend on the cause of the sleep apnea. 
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>S</strong>urgery is done to widen breathing passages. It usually involves removing, shrinking, or stiffening excess tissue in the mouth and throat or resetting the lower jaw. 
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>S</strong>urgery to shrink or stiffen excess tissue in the mouth or throat is done in a doctor's office or a hospital. Shrinking tissue may involve small shots or other treatments to the tissue. A series of such treatments may be needed to shrink the excess tissue. To stiffen excess tissue, the doctor makes a small cut in the tissue and inserts a small piece of stiff plastic. 
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>S</strong>urgery to remove excess tissue is only done in a hospital. You're given medicine that makes you sleep during the surgery. After surgery, you may have throat pain that lasts for 1 to 2 weeks. 
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<strong>S</strong>urgery to remove the tonsils, if they're blocking the airway, may be very helpful for some children. Your child's doctor may suggest waiting some time to see whether these tissues shrink on their own. This is common as small children grow. 

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