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A frenotomy is a procedure to release the tissue (lingual frenulum)
that attaches the tongue to the floor of the mouth. It is the preferred surgery
tongue-tie in babies younger than 1 year of age.
The procedure is done in the hospital's newborn nursery or in a
doctor's office without anesthesia or with a
During the procedure, the doctor lifts the baby's tongue
and clips the lingual frenulum. More than one cut may be needed to release the
tongue. Stitches usually are not required, and there is little bleeding after
You can feed your baby right away after the procedure. If you think
your baby has pain or discomfort, you can give him or her acetaminophen, such
Complications from tongue-tie surgery are rare but may
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerChuck Norlin, MD - Pediatrics
Current as ofAugust 21, 2015
Current as of:
August 21, 2015
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Chuck Norlin, MD - Pediatrics
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