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 for 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 local anesthetic.
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 the procedure.
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 as Tylenol. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
Complications from tongue-tie surgery are rare but may include:
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Chuck Norlin, MD - Pediatrics
Current as ofJuly 26, 2016
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2017 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Donations to UW Health are managed by the University of Wisconsin Foundation, a publicly supported charitable organization under 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.