Information on Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeries Lingual Frenulectomy
Lingual Frenulectomy
Lingual Frenulectomy to Treat a
Tied Tongue (Ankyloglossia)


ankyloglossiaTissue tying the tongue to the floor of the mouth or mandible (jaw bone) is called a lingual frenulum.  The patient is often referred to as being tongue tied (ankyloglossia).  When the frenulum is tight and the motion of the tongue is restricted, especially if the patient's speech is affected, a frenulectomy may be recommended by your doctor.

Simply cutting the frenulum may result in partial recurrence.  Cutting the frenulum and stitching the defect will often give the best results.  General anesthesia is usually recommended since the patient needs to be still so the salivary gland ducts are not injured during surgery and if bleeding occurs it is easier to control.   

The Videos below shows the division of a lingual frenulum.

Division of a Thick Lingual Frenulum
With Significant Bleeding
Division of a Thin Lingual Frenulum





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