Whereas large tonsils are the most common of snoring and sleep apnoea in infants, they can also be the occasional cause of problems in adult life. Large tonsils can contribute to the crowding of the airway at the back of the mouth. Where this is accompanied by excessive loose soft tissue of the soft palate, a large tongue or a small jaw, the tonsils may need top be removed by tonsillectomy. This will usually be accompanied by other snoring procedures. The operations will usually be carried out under general anaesthesia. The operation is uncomfortable and will require pain-killing medication for one week. [an error occurred while processing this directive]