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
as Tylenol. Be safe with medicines. Read and follow all instructions on the label.
Complications from tongue-tie surgery are rare but may
Infection at the site.
Recurrent tongue-tie from scar tissue formation. This may
be more likely to happen after a frenotomy than after a release-and-surgical-closure procedure (frenuloplasty). If recurrent tongue-tie happens, it is
typically less severe than it was before the surgery.
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerChuck Norlin, MD - Pediatrics