is the release of the tissue (lingual frenulum) that attaches the tongue to the floor of the mouth and closure of the wound with stitches. It is the preferred surgery for tongue-tie in a child older than 1 year of age.
During the procedure, the doctor clips the lingual frenulum to release the tongue and then stitches the resulting triangular-shaped wound closed. Pressure may be applied to stop any bleeding that occurs.
Younger children having a frenuloplasty may need general anesthesia. Older children and adults may receive a local anesthetic.
After the procedure, the child or adult can go back to a normal diet and may use acetaminophen, such as Tylenol, for pain or discomfort. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
Complications from tongue-tie surgery are rare but may include:
Older children and adults may need to do tongue exercises several times daily for about 4 to 6 weeks after the surgery. These exercises help strengthen the tongue muscle and improve mobility of the tongue. They also help reduce the chances of scar tissue forming.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsThomas M. Bailey, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerChuck Norlin, MD - Pediatrics
Current as ofMay 4, 2017
Current as of: May 4, 2017
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
& Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Chuck Norlin, MD - Pediatrics
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