Preventing readhesion in lingual frenectomy


Q: Hi,

I just underwent a lingual frenectomy to treat my ankyloglossia at the ENT's office. He used cold steel scissors (NOT a laser) after giving me a lidocane intravenal injection just under my tongue. I've read lots of post-op instructions online about what to eat, how to reduce the pain, how to stop the bleeding/swelling, etc, but I'm still really worried about readhesion. I'm afraid the opened mucous membrane on the underside of my tongue will fuse to the opened incision on the bottom of my mouth effectively sealing my tongue down. Please quell my fears and tell me that I'm making stuff up, and if I'm not, please tell me when I should start exercising my tongue to prevent that and which exercises I should do. I've tried doing some tongue stretches already, but it hasn't quite been 12 hours since the surgery and any attempt to stretch it reopens the wounds and causes bleeding and pain. I guess I'm so afraid because I can't hardly get the tip of my tongue up past the alveolar ridge without it hurting. I don't want to become a monster!

Thank you for your help!
Bailey Hulsey

Symptoms:  Post-operation, adult lingual frenectomy

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