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Frenuloplasty 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
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
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 - PediatricsAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerChuck Norlin, MD - Pediatrics
Current as ofNovember 20, 2015
Current as of:
November 20, 2015
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Chuck Norlin, MD - Pediatrics
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