George Tkalych – Common ENT Problems For Children – Tongue-Tie

Posted: November 28, 2015 in Health care

George Tkalych is an accomplished ear, nose, and throat (ENT) surgeon. He is now retired but practiced medicine for over 30 years. He served as the head of a number of ENT departments in hospitals in Alabama and Georgia. He has extensive experience in ENT and has treated both children and adults. One of the many conditions he has seen in children is tongue-tie.

George Tkalych

George Tkalych

Tongue-tie is a minor deficiency seen most commonly in the mouth of children. Tongue-tie prevents the usual mobility of the tongue and is caused by too short or tight tissue under the tongue. The tissue under the tongue, known as frenulum, anchors the tongue to the floor of the mouth. If this tissue is short or tight, it prevents the tongue from moving in its optimum range.

Tongue-tie is usually noticed at birth and does not often cause many problems. Usually, the frenulum will gradually stretch over time, allowing for the tongues range of motion to increase. In some cases, though, the frenulum is so tight that the newborn may come across feeding problems. In these cases, treatment is required immediately.

If treatment is not required immediately, the baby is monitored until they are 10 to 12 months old. If the frenulum has not stretched by this point, treatment is recommended otherwise the baby may encounter speech impediments later.

Tongue-tie is treated by a surgical procedure that separates the frenulum. This procedure is called Frenuloplasty and is a quick and painless procedure.

George Tkalych performed thousands of ENT related surgeries during his 32-year career in medicine.


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