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  • Writer's pictureDr Samintharaj Kumar

My Tongue Tie Release Postoperative Protocol

As a dental surgeon who performs tongue tie surgery on a regular basis, I always stress the importance of postoperative care to both patients and patients' families in the cases of children, including scar massage and tongue stretching exercises.

After tongue tie surgery, it is important to start scar massage and tongue stretching exercises as soon as possible to prevent scar tissue from forming and promote proper healing. Scar massage involves gently rubbing the surgical site with your fingers in circular motions to improve blood flow and tissue mobility. This should be done for about 30 seconds, 6 times a day for 6 weeks.

Tongue stretching exercises are also essential for a successful recovery. These exercises help to stretch and strengthen the tongue muscles, improve range of motion, and prevent the reoccurrence of tongue tie. The most common tongue stretching exercise is called "tongue lunges" which involves moving the tongue back and forth, side to side, and up and down. This should also be done for about 30 seconds, 6 times a day for 6 weeks.

In summary, scar massage and tongue stretching exercises are crucial for proper healing and preventing complications after tongue tie surgery. Upon the reviews I will be able to assess whether there is a good surgical outcome or any further surgical revision surgery necessary.

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