TONGUE-TIE  (ANKYLOGLOSSIA)
This page was last updated: August 1, 2012
Tongue-tie is a condition caused by a short lingual frenulum that prevents the tongue from protruding.  Occasionally, it could interfere with breast feeding.
A grooved probe is used to retract the tongue and tense the frenulum.  The picture on the right shows the site and horizontal direction of the frenulum incision.
The horizontally incised frenulum is now pulled vertically, allowing the release of the tongue.  The incision is sutured vertically with absorbable stitches.
Post-operative appearance of the tongue that can now protrude down to the chin.


This is the tongue of another patient with severe ankyloglossia and inability to protrude the tongue.
OTOLARYNGOLOGY HOUSTON

Bechara Y. Ghorayeb, MD
Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

Memorial Hermann Professional Building
1140 Business Center Drive, Suite  560
Houston, Texas 77043
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