Common pediatric surgeries like circumcision and repairing a tongue-tie condition can be frightening for new parents. Board Certified Providers at Grossmont Pediatrics offer comprehensive surgical care in La Mesa and have performed more than 4,000 circumcisions. You can rely on their surgical expertise and compassion to ensure your child is comfortable throughout the procedure and during their follow-up care. Learn more about circumcision procedures and tongue-tie surgery by calling the office or scheduling an appointment online.
Males are born with a hood of foreskin covering the head of their penis. Circumcision is a common surgical procedure that removes this skin to expose the end of the penis. The Board Certified Providers at Grossmont Pediatrics typically perform the procedure in the hospital within 10 days of the baby’s birth before you bring him home.
The decision to circumcise an infant is often based on parental choice, religious beliefs, or for hygienic reasons. Benefits of circumcision include less risk for developing urinary tract infections and a reduced risk for penile cancer.
Your doctor ensures your baby is comfortable during the procedure by using a local anesthetic.
Once the procedure is over, you need to care for your child’s penis carefully, keeping it clean with clean, warm water. If your doctor applies a bandage over the surgical site, you may need to change it daily and apply petroleum jelly for several days to allow the penis time to heal.
Tongue-tie is a condition affecting newborns. It occurs when a thick, tight band of tissue secures the bottom of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. Normally, this band of tissue separates naturally before birth, ensuring your baby’s tongue has free range of motion.
This condition can make breastfeeding difficult and, if not treated, can lead to difficulties in your child’s ability to speak, eat, and swallow.
Tongue-tie is easily treated with a surgical procedure. In many cases, your board certified provider performs the surgery before your baby leaves the hospital. Depending on the nature of the condition, your provider may also suggest waiting to see if the tissue separates on its own over time.
There are two main surgical procedures that repair tongue-tie:
This is a simple surgical procedure where your doctor uses surgical scissors to snip the band of tissue.
A frenuloplasty is a more extensive procedure that may be necessary if the band of tissue is too thick to cut. It also requires general anesthesia. Your doctor will cut the tissue and then use sutures to close the wound.
Through early intervention, your doctor can help reduce the risk for speech problems and ensure your child can easily breast or bottle feed without difficulty.
If you’re preparing to give birth and have questions about these procedures, schedule a consultation online or by calling the office directly.