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Well, daytime sleepiness is a serious issue as far as I am concerned. How can you possibly have a joyful life if it's spent in a sleepy fog? Just because your DS isn't behind developmentally, or academically doesn't mean that there aren't other issues occuring with his lack of sleep. Nor does it mean that if left untreated these issues won't arise. The lack of energy associated with pediatric OSA is often the first step toward future obesity, which in turn is a MAJOR cause of adult OSA.
There are tons of other factors that can lead to OSA, not all T&A issues. The surgery may not help your son, but it IS the leading treatment for pediatric OSA. Personally, it's a chance I would take with my children.
The fact that your DH had a tonsillectomy as a child and now has OSA again doens't mean that is what is going to happen in your son's case. There is a chance that OSA may be hereditary, but it's likely other factors occuring (deviated septum, atonia of the upper airway, dental issues, etc. Even being slightly overweight can lead to OSA, depending on where your excess adipose tissue lies).
How big are your son's tonsils/adenoids? If they are enlarged, it's extremely likely that their removal will remedy the problem. If that's not the issue, there are other, less invasive methods of treatment, such as the CPAP. However, it's highly unlikely that a 6 year old boy is going to want to sleep with a CPAP mask for the rest of his life, and if it were my child I wouldn't want them faced with that possibility if it weren't absolutely necessary.
I guess for me, seeing what I've seen, it's a no brainer. My children would have the surgery in a heart beat. I know that reading the testimonials isn't enough, they are skewed accounts of what happened. But, in my professional experience, I've never seen a negative outcome from a T&A surgery, and I've never seen a parent that regretted it as a first line of treatment.
Good luck with your decision, and let me know how things go. If I can be of any possible help to you PM me and we can talk further.