Frenulotomy - release of tongue-tie (2101)

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Frenulotomy (release of tongue-tie)

What is a Frenulotomy?

The frenulum is the piece of skin that attaches the tongue to the bottom of the mouth. If it is too short, it's called tongue-tied. This can cause problems with talking and eating.

A frenulotomy is surgery to clip or cauterize the frenulum. The surgery helps the tongue move more freely.

What do I need to know before my child’s surgery?

You can give Tylenol as needed. Do not stop any prescribed medicines without talking with your doctor. If your child is put on any medicine other than an antibiotic before surgery, please call our office.

What happens after my child’s surgery?

What to expect:






Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has:

  • A hard time sucking or feeding or is not drinking.
  • Swelling or infection under the tongue.
  • Severe pain.
  • Signs of unusual bleeding or bruising.
  • A fever of 101.2° F (38.5° C) or higher for more than two days or if the fever is not relieved by acetaminophen.
  • Special health care needs that were not covered by this information.