Tongue tie is a condition in which the bottom of the tongue is attached to the floor of the mouth by a band of tissue called the lingual frenulum.
This connection restricts the free movement (range of motion) of the tongue's tip.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The exact cause of tongue tie is not known.
Genes may be involved, because tongue tie is reported more often in some families.
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“We are now approaching 100 patients treated with the procedure. While it is definitely outside the norm and an off label use of the mesh, patients understand ?this is an extreme procedure to help them deal with a serious problem...obesity. The large majority of the patients that we have treated are significantly overweight with BMI's over 35. While the procedure is not for ever...
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