Division of Tongue Tie

Cautery / Diathermy Septum
January 25, 2018
Functional Endoscopic Sinus Surgery
January 25, 2018

Division of Tongue Tie

What is a division of tongue tie?

The division of tongue tie is the surgical cutting of the band of tissue which anchors or tethers the tongue and thus restricts its movement.

My anaesthetic

This procedure will require an anaesthetic. See About your anaesthetic information sheet for information about anaesthetic and the risks involved. If you have any concerns, discuss these with your doctor.

If you have not been given an information sheet, please ask for one.

What are the risks of this specific procedure?

There are risks and complications with this procedure. They include but are not limited to the following:

General risks:
  • Infection can occur, requiring antibiotics and further treatment.
  • Bleeding could occur and may require a return to the operating room.
  • Small areas of the lung can collapse, increasing the risk of chest infection. This may need antibiotics and physiotherapy.
  • Death as a result of this procedure is possible.
Specific risks:
  • Bleeding. This may happen either at time of surgery or in the first two weeks after surgery. Delayed bleeding may require re-admission to hospital and may require another operation to stop the bleeding. A blood transfusion may be necessary depending on the amount of blood lost.
  • Infection – ongoing bad breath, worsening throat discomfort or delayed bleeding may indicate an infection. This is usually treated with antibiotics. Delayed bleeding is treated as outlined above.
  • Pain – mild mouth pain is common during the first few days after surgery, requiring regular pain killers.
  • Damage to sublingual gland, which sits beneath the tongue. This may cause a cyst to form. This may need further surgery.
  • Injury to the teeth, lips, gums or tongue.
  • Burns from the equipment used to seal of bleeding areas during the operation.
  • Rarely, tongue tie may come back due to growth of scar tissue. This may need further surgery.

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