Tongue tie surgery types for adults This treatment can be carried out without needing to have General Anesthetic and options are: Release of the frenum by laser with Author: Dr Steven Lin.
Generally speaking, the "thicker" and/or "deeper" the tongue tie (ie posterior tongue tie), the more bleeding that is encountered in which case using the LASER is the preferred technique as it minimizes bleeding as the cut is made.
Frenulotomy: The common procedure for tongue tie is called a frenulotomy, which cuts back the fibrous attachment leaving some behind.A frenulectomy would be a more extensive procedure. If done in the newborn period this is rather simple, if older, it often requires more involved assistance/ anesthesia.
Tongue tie surgery (lingual frenectomy) involves more than just a simple clipping or a quick snip, but more involved tissue resection under general anesthetic. It is therefore not recommended unless there is a good (speech, dental or other) justification for doing it.
Tongue tie surgery, which is often referred to as a frenuloplasty, is a common option for children and adults suffering from tongue tie, which is also called Ankyloglossia (tight frenulum). Often seen at birth during a newborn screening check, the condition manifests itself as a thick or tight band of tissue (lingual frenulum) fastened to the base of the tongue’s tip to the mouth floor.