Dr. Sabo uses the Hazelbaker Assessment Tool for Lingual Frenulum Function (HATLFF) as a quantitative assessment of each individual child's condition. If Dr. Sabo sees a need for a release of the lip and/or tongue tie, she uses a topical jelly followed by a few drops of local anesthetic to the area. This will keep baby comfortable during the procedure and for a short time afterwards. We have fashionable protective eyewear for baby and parent to wear, and if baby is comfortable with a particular blanket or swaddle, we encourage you to bring that to the appointment as well. The Diode laser will release and cauterize the tissue as it works, making for a very clean surgical site and minimal bleeding.
The procedure is very quick! Most little ones are more irritated by the light and having someone in their personal space than with the actual procedure. Once we are done, they are quickly back to smiles again. We encourage immediate breast feeding as a comfort to baby and as well to check and make sure that the release is translating into a successful latch.
After the procedure, your job begins to help maintain the release. Please read and follow closely the post operative care instructions. If the surgical areas are not stretched as instructed during the first 2 weeks post-op, the tissue could re-attach and call for further procedures.