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Frenectomy

The division of a frenulum (band of tissue) in the mouth

A frenectomy is a simple procedure to release a band of tissue in a child's mouth, sometimes called a tongue-tie

About

Frenulums in the mouth are thin bands of tissue, usually at the underside of the tongue, which can sometimes make it difficult for your child to nurse, eat or speak properly. A quick procedure can release or remove this tissue.

Need to know

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    If your child needs a frenectomy, your surgeon will make sure they are as comfortable as possible during the procedure. Depending on your child's age, your paediatric surgeon will use either general or local anaesthetic. Sometimes no anaesthetic at all is needed. The procedure itself is very quick and almost painless. Your paediatric surgeon will use either surgical scissors or a laser to snip the tissue.
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    Your consultant will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you might have. They'll let you know if any special preparation is needed for your child depending on their age. Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
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    The healing process is generally fast. Occasionally older children may need stitches, but usually the area will heal on its own within a few days. Your child should be able to nurse or eat soon after the procedure. Your consultant will tell you if you need to make any changes to your child's normal routine while their mouth heals.

Don't wait, pay for yourself

We offer this treatment at a fixed price at some of our facilities.
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 Our consultants

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion. 

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics. 

  • The Portland Hospital

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments. 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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