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<p>After seeing the procedure done on my infant daughter (twice, actually, for a posterior TT), I have been considering it for myself.  The doctor who did it looked in my mouth and told me I also have a tongue tie.  After all the reading I've done and talking to people who know, and recalling things dentists and orthodontists have told me in the past (that I have a tongue thrust, that I need to retrain my tongue to stop pushing my front teeth, etc.. no one ever connected it to tongue tie until I saw my daughter's doctor), I think getting my tongue tie clipped would be helpful.</p>
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<p>Now my dad is from the backwoods and is a hardcore DIYer, or I probably wouldn't even consider this.  But I do not have $250 lying around to have someone take a pair of surgical scissors and snip a little bit of excess flesh.  I have a very steady hand - lots of sewing - and a reasonably high tolerance for pain.</p>
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<p>So tell me, am I insane, or has anyone done this?  I can clearly see where the tie ends.  I imagine I would lift my tongue very high and tight, ice it, and then just nip it with a straight razor that's been sterilized.  Salt water gargles for a few days.</p>
 

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<p>ummmm, no.  LOL.  The problem with surgically managing this is that even the best doctors can't always do all that needs to be done with one go round.  Once you clip through the mucosa, there is blood that clouds the field.  After the initial cut a band that also needs to be clipped can pop forward, but it can't be seen so the procedure has to stop there.  That's why so many babies don't have issues resolve after a single clipping and needs two or three.  I have no doubts at this point that doing it surgically isn't the best option there is (so many babies have to go in over and over again!) even when done by a competent professional.   I'd not recommend doing it yourself.  That's not an area that is all that forgiving...not to mention watching a procedure doesn't really inform you of much.  Frenulums vary in size, depth, width and consistency.   A fleshy frenulum is very different from a fibrous frenulum.  There are several classes as well.  Eek.  No.  I've also had the dubious honor of witnessing cases of clipping that have been done incorrectly, so even though it looks like a simple snip...I promise it's not.  At least not always.</p>
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<p>Anyway...I wouldn't do it.  Maybe I'm a chicken.</p>
 

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<p>The reason they try to do it within the first few months of an infant's life, if it's needed, is because the frenulum thickens and develops blood vessels after that point. So what is a fairly simple "snip" becomes a more complicated procedure, with risk of excessive bleeding, on an older individual. We caught my son's tongue tie at 4 months of age and even at that point, he was considered on the edge of safe for a frenotomy. If we had missed that period, they would have asked us to wait until he was at least a year old and we would have considered anesthesia and stitches. (I believe they call the more complicated procedure a frenectomy instead of a frenotomy.) I definitely wouldn't go the DIY route for that one.</p>
 

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<p>Hmmm, well, I watched my ds get clipped 2x around 8-9 mos old, and I don't feel quailified to do anyone else's, but I've also seen tongue-splitting done and if you don't need a medical degree to do that, I don't see how clipping your own frenulum could be all that bad.</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>earthmama369</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1278927/anyone-ever-clip-their-own-tongue-tie#post_16040395"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>The reason they try to do it within the first few months of an infant's life, if it's needed, is because the frenulum thickens and develops blood vessels after that point. So what is a fairly simple "snip" becomes a more complicated procedure, with risk of excessive bleeding, on an older individual.  I definitely wouldn't go the DIY route for that one.</p>
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<p>this is generally true.  not all frenulums will thicken and the more fibrous ones potentially won't have the issue of increased blood supply.   that said, unless you know what you're dealing with that doesn't mean too much.<br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>blessedwithboys</strong> <a href="/community/forum/thread/1278927/anyone-ever-clip-their-own-tongue-tie#post_16040416"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/community/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Hmmm, well, I watched my ds get clipped 2x around 8-9 mos old, and I don't feel quailified to do anyone else's, but I've also seen tongue-splitting done and if you don't need a medical degree to do that, I don't see how clipping your own frenulum could be all that bad.</p>
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<br><br><p>the question as I read it wasn't can it be done, but more is it a wise idea.  I don't think think it is.  Just my opinion.  I would apply the same logic to your example.  LOL.</p>
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<p>Given that there are people lecturing all over the world with clinical evidence showing that this procedure alters digestive function, speech, breathing etc. I just don't see that there's all that much room for error and as I said, I've seen it done incorrectly and it wasn't pretty.  The tongue becomes unable to coordinate itself which has an impact on the neurological system.  So while you could use a razor I just want you to know that I don't believe it's not a "what could possibly go wrong" type of situation.</p>
 

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<p>Thank you, this is precisely what I wanted to know... if it was as simple as it seemed.  And it's not, so I will just wait until I have the opportunity to see a doctor myself!<br>
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the question as I read it wasn't can it be done, but more is it a wise idea.  I don't think think it is.  Just my opinion.  I would apply the same logic to your example.  LOL.
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<p>Given that there are people lecturing all over the world with clinical evidence showing that this procedure alters digestive function, speech, breathing etc. I just don't see that there's all that much room for error and as I said, I've seen it done incorrectly and it wasn't pretty.  The tongue becomes unable to coordinate itself which has an impact on the neurological system.  So while you could use a razor I just want you to know that I don't believe it's not a "what could possibly go wrong" type of situation.</p>
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So while you could use a razor I just want you to know that I don't believe it's not a "what could possibly go wrong" type of situation.</div>
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<br><br><p>wow, check out that english.  yikes.  I'll revise that.  I believe there is plenty that could go wrong.  LOL.</p>
 
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