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Frenulectomy in Children

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jul 7, 2024.

What do I need to know about frenulectomy?

Frenulectomy, or frenulotomy, is surgery to remove a small piece of tissue called the frenulum. A frenulectomy for the tongue may be needed if your child has ankyloglossia (tongue-tie). This condition causes the frenulum to develop too close to the tip of your baby's tongue. The tongue becomes tied down and cannot move as freely as it should. A frenulectomy for the upper or lower lip can help your child's teeth come in correctly. A frenulectomy is usually done if the frenulum is too short, thick, or tight to be divided. Surgery may help your baby breastfeed or help your older child speak more clearly.

How do I prepare my child for surgery?

Your child's healthcare provider will tell you how to prepare your child for surgery. The provider may tell you not to give your older child anything to eat or drink after midnight on the day of surgery. You may need to stop breastfeeding your baby at least 1 hour before surgery. The provider will tell you which medicines to give or not give your child before surgery. Your child may get an antibiotic through his IV to prevent a bacterial infection.

What will happen during surgery?

Your baby may be wrapped in a blanket and placed in your lap for comfort.

What can I expect after surgery?

What are the risks of frenulectomy?

Your child may bleed more than expected during surgery, or develop an infection.

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