Most tongue-tie ops not needed: study

Six out of 10 newborns referred for frenetomy to fix breastfeeding issues don't need it, US researchers say

More than 60% of newborns referred for surgery for tongue-tie at a specialist clinic do not need the procedure, a US study suggests.


The study has been carried out by a team at a paediatrics airway, voice and swallowing centre in Boston, to assess the rise in frenetomy rates.

In response to the increased rates, the centre had formed a multidisciplinary feeding evaluation program that evaluates breast feeding issues and offers non-surgical help.

The study examined the records of 115 newborns referred to the centre for tongue-tie