That is the question.
So poor Mr. Butters is tongue tied. Pretty severely. He has a heart shaped tongue because the frenulum is attached almost all the way to the tip. He had no trouble nursing or eating at all, but we knew he had it because it was so obvious. Our pediatrician brought up the possibility of it affecting his speech later in life, so she referred us to an ENT (the same guy who sculpted my beautiful nose 15 years ago...so I know hes good! Ha!) and he recommended we do the procedure to fix it.
Most cases, the connection is wispy thin, and they clip it in the office with a little local anesthetic. But When Dr. Garner peeked in Spenc's mouth he said it was thick an super short, so they would need to do a Z-plasty to lengthen it. Basically they split the frenulum down the center and make two more incisions in a z shape, superimpose the flaps, and stitch them into a new shape, thus untying the tongue. Slightly more complicated than the snip and go procedure I was envisioning. And the worst part was, we would have to put our little guy under anesthesia. Not to mention a sore mouth for 4 days with dissolvable stitches and a risk of infection.
Now im not so sure I want to go through with it! There is a chance that Spencer would have no speech problems at all, that the frenulum would naturally stretch to accomodate. But there is also a very real possibility that he might have a very prominent lisp. Which socially, is quite unacceptable and more detrimental than the surgery.
Brigitte was also tongue tied, but she severed the tie herself at some point because by 8 months it was broken. Since this is genetic, all our kids will probably have it - which means we need to know what to do about it!
My question is - would you do a medical procedure like this, when your child his normal and healthy - simply as a preemptive strike against a speech impairment that may or may not be a reality?
Of course I have heard conflicting advice. But I tend to fall a bit on the non-interventive side of medicine and would like anyone's opinion on this. Do you know anyone who has done the surgery? Opted out?
HELP! Butters is scheduled to go under the knife on Wednesday!