Common ENT Problems

Tongue Tied Procedure or Ankyloglossia

Ankyloglossia is a congenital problem or a problem that a child was born with that consists of a band of tissue underneath the tongue that extends from the floor of mouth typically to the tip of the tongue. This band unfortunately decreases range of motion, projection, and mobility of the tongue that can lead to problems with feeding and word pronunciation. It is a very common problem, but it is a very simple problem to take care of. Oftentimes, it requires a minor surgical procedure to release the band in the floor of the mouth from the bottom portion of the tongue. At the Pediatric Ear, Nose, & Throat Clinic we have been doing these procedures for 25 years.

The typical procedure takes less than 5 minutes with very little if any blood loss. Parents may accompany children into the operating room for such a procedure. Postoperatively, the child has very minimal discomfort and parents have access to the operating surgeon via cell phone after the child is discharged shortly after the procedure. The child usually makes a very rapid recovery with very little problems.

If you suspect your child is tongue-tied, please contact the Pediatric Ear, Nose, & Throat Clinic at 1-800-526-0998.