Tongue and Lip Tie Revisions for Winchester Families

Tongue and Lip Tie Revisions can help, especially with breastfeeding.

With the rise of awareness in tongue or lip ties, families are seeking reliable and expert support in frenectomies as well as support after words to ease the transition.

A frenectomy (also known as a frenulectomy or frenotomy) is the removal of a frenulum, a small fold of tissue that prevents an organ in the body from moving too far. It can refer to frenula in several places on the human body. It is related to frenuloplasty, a surgical alteration in a frenulum. Source.

 

The most effective way to revise a tongue or lip tie is with an expert that uses a laser to complete the job, this creates a smooth cut, that isn't too extensive, and cauterizes immediately during the procedure. This is exactly why we recommend Valley Pediatric Density in Winchester, Virginia to families in Winchester or surrounding areas. Dr. Agarwal will take the time to meet you where you are at and help you understand the process moving forward. 

While an ENT might also be an option, this is something that takes specific skill and training and Dr. Agarwal is not only a pediatric dentist, he has been performing this procedure for quiet some time and is our to go expert in the surrounding Winchester area.

What to expect with a newborn tongue or lip tie revision

Step one: Consultation with Dr. Agarwal. If you are traveling from a distance, the frenectomy can be preformed that day, but it is generally best to do it the following day. Here he will evaluate the extent of the tie and what needs done.

Step two: Have support. Virginia is for Doulas' Postpartum Doulas would be happy to attend this day with you to help you feel comfortable and not anxious about this procedure. Call the office at 540-216-2909 for more information.

Step three: Dr. Agarwal will give you instructions for stretching and the recovery process.

Step four: Have support to help you implement the changes that come with stretches, adjusting to nursing and keeping up with sleep. Our Postpartum Doulas are experts in this area and can help you feel less overwhelmed with breastfeeding a newborn after a tongue tie revision.

Why is this important?

While breastfeeding can be done with a tongue or lip tie we often see babies who struggle to gain weight, a mother who is experiencing sever pain, a baby who gets exhausted from nursing, or a baby who refuses to latch altogether.

Often the misconception exists that a tongue or lip tie only effects breastfeeding babies, however Dr. Agarwal explained how it can still effect how bottle fed babies are or are not able to suck from a bottle properly, swallow well, and so on.

Post procedure what do we recommend? 

  • After the procedure we recommend a newborn chiropractic adjustment with our favorite, Dr. Celeste of Berryville Family Chiropractic. She is a certified pediatric chiropractor and can help baby readjust to their new normal.
  • We suggest a shift or two with one of our certified Postpartum Doulas to help you with the stretches and establishing a proper latch after the revision. Whatever you can do to make those first few days better will help you catch your breath and feel confident in what you are doing.
  • Give yourself grace. This is not easy and it is not always what you expect. As a mother you should applaud yourself for simply being you and the amazing mother that you are.

For more information on Valley Pediatric Dentistry, visit their website.