The surgical removal of tonsils can be avoided in children suffering from moderate-to-serious sleep apnea just by taking out their adenoids, reports The Jerusalem Post.

“Today, the tonsils are removed, but we have found that in at least some of the children, only the adenoids need be taken out, resulting in a simpler operation.” He and his colleagues published their findings in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. The smaller operation means less risk to the child and a faster recovery, said Sivan, who heads the hospital’s lung institute.