Functional Frenuloplasty: How We Do It
Dear Patient and/or Provider,
We are honored by the overwhelming interest in our functional approach to frenuloplasty. The success of our practice is based on our ability to provide a complete and effective release of tethered oral tissues by incorporating a multidisciplinary protocol that integrates myofunctional therapy (and sometimes physical therapy) both before, during, and after surgery. Our tongue-tie release procedure is based on precision: releasing the appropriate extent of tissues for maximal relief; not too much, and not too little.
The tongue is one of the most critical organs in our bodies with the ability to regulate and shape orofacial structure and musculature. Our functional frenuloplasty approach honors the changes that occur during a tongue-tie release and prepares the body for acceptance and optimal healing post-treatment.
Our group is highly active in clinical research and committed to anything that we can do to promote optimal outcomes after surgery. We hope that videos and resources below will help you learn more about our technique. In addition, we now offer monthly courses to share our knowledge and experience first-hand to help interdisciplinary teams strive for higher standards in the delivery of tongue-tie release surgery.
We are grateful and thank you for your interest in our work.
Soroush Zaghi, MD (ENT- Sleep Surgeon)
Chelsea Pinto, DDS
with Sanda Valcu-Pinkerton, RDH-AP, OMT
The Breathe Institute
Case Study: Grade 3 tongue-tie released to Grade 1 (>80% mobility)
Evaluation, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Frenum Restrictions: Tongue, Lip, & Buccal Tie
(40 minutes, AAPMD Conference; November 2018).
Restrictive lingual frenulum, also known as ankylglossia or tongue-tie, can limit the mobility of the tongue. The tongue plays an important role in speech, swallow, sleep, and breathing and adequate tongue mobility is essential for optimal growth and development of the upper and lower jaws. Patients with very severe tongue-tie often present with swallow or speech issues that are hopefully identified and addressed early. On the other hand, patients with mild to moderate tongue-tie often present in a less obvious fashion and so may have the tongue-tie go unrecognized for a long time. Because the mobility of the tongue is restricted in the tongue-tie condition, the back of the tongue takes a posterior and inferior position which can block the airway and cause problems with sleep. These individuals often complain of difficulty sleeping on the back, snoring, or restless sleep and unrefreshing sleep. Compensation patterns during sleep may develop including open mouth breathing, teeth clenching, or predominant side-sleeping that can have secondary effects on maxillofacial development, temporomandibular health, and musculoskeletal posture issues. Similarly, compensation patterns such as forward head posture, anteriorly rolled shoulders, and other myofascial restrictions may also be adopted to offset the limitations of a restricted upper airway in affected patients even while they are standing upright and awake. Effective release of a lingual with restoration of tongue mobility, tongue, and posture in these individuals can have a profound impact on many areas of the person’s life.
Introduction to a Functional Approach to Frenuloplasty. Learn about the surgical protocol with an emphasis on the clinical role of myofunctional therapy both before and after surgery. (44 minutes, ASTLiT Conference; May 2018).
Ankyloglossia- A Verbal Dissection. Comprehensive background overview of tongue, lip, and buccal-tie surgery. (1 hr: 50 minutes; IAOM Convention; October 2017).
Case Discussion with Dr. Victor Abdullah- Honorary Associate Professor of the the Department of ENT, Chinese University of Hong Kong and Consultant ENT surgeon of the United Christian Hospital of Hong Kong. "Myofunctional therapy, lingual frenuloplasty, and the role of ENTs in the treatment of sleep and breathing disorders."
Katarina W- Relief after many years.... Posture, sleep, and breathing.
Case Study: 9 month follow up with review of post-op sleep study results
Case Study: Bryce - Opera singer describes how release of posterior tongue-tie transformed the trajectory of his voice and singing career.
Case Study: Release of muscle tightness, easier to breathe.
Case Study: Ann M describes her journey as a speech language pathologist watching patient testimonials to experiencing it all for herself.
Case Study: Dylan - Professional violinist with a a very strongly positive, cathartic, and emotional response to the tongue-tie release which he shares in this video.
Maureen M. - Relief of cervical neck tension, TMJ pain, grinding; improved mood and sleep.
Case Study: Long history of insomnia, poor sleep quality, head and neck pain, TMJ pain, cervical neck and shoulder tension.
Case Study: Nadia S. - Release of cervical neck tension with improved breathing and mobility.
Case Study: Trevor
Case Study: Lori
Case Series: Compilation video with highlights of case studies above showing the positive impact of functional frenuloplasty on sleep, breathing, and posture.
The Patient Experience
Petra Fisher (Movement Coach)
"Dr. Soroush Zaghi at the Breathe Institute in LA has pioneered the functional frenuloplasty approach to releasing posterior ties. He actually does the surgery with an Oral Myofunctional Therapist in the room with him, to help assess function and tension during the release, which is super cool. Movement + manual change at the same time = my fave!!
I believe that this approach was the most appropriate for my particular needs, and I’ve been very happy with the results."
- Petra Fisher (http://www.petrafishermovement.com/tongue-tie-release-3/)
Linda D’Onofrio, MS, CCC-SLP (Director & Speech-Language Pathologist of
D’Onofrio & Associates in Portland, Oregon) describes her personal experiences with the surgery and recovery 48 hours after her functional frenuloplasty procedure with Dr. Zaghi and Sanda Valcu-Pinkerton.
" I want to thank Dr. Soroush Zaghi, Sanda- Valcu Pinkerton, and their rest of their wonderful staff for the easiest and most enjoyable frenuloplasty a girl could ever ask for." - Linda D'Onofrio, MS, CCC-SLP