The treatment for tongue tie will depend on the severity of your child’s disorder. In some cases, the doctor may recommend a wait-and-see approach whereby the disorder will not be treated right away and the doctor will assess your child’s symptoms regularly to see if they are worsening or improving. In other cases, the doctor may recommend a surgery to have it corrected earlier before the baby reaches the toddler stage.
One of the procedures, called a Frenotomy is a simple procedure whereby the doctor snips off the string under the tongue with the help of surgical scissors. This method is quick and allows babies to start breastfeeding after the problem has been resolved.
Another procedure, called Frenuloplasty, is a more extensive procedure which is similar to frenotomy, but is used if the string under the tongue is too thick or additional repair is required in the area. Exercises to facilitate tongue movement may be recommended after surgery.
The team of otolaryngologists (ENT specialists) at The Aga Khan University Hospital are internationally trained in the diagnosis and treatment of ENT disorders. You must discuss your treatment options in detail with your doctor and ask questions to weigh the risks and benefits of surgery.