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9/27/12: Emerson Hospital Introduces Frenulotomy Clinic for Newborns in Concord

When an infant has trouble feeding, the frenulum—the membrane that attaches the tongue to the floor of the mouth—may be too short. This common problem, also known as tongue-tie, is easily treated with a simple clipping procedure that causes little or no bleeding or pain.

The procedure, known as a frenulotomy, is performed by Emerson pediatric hospitalists Anne Light, MD and Flora Pirquet, MD. Afterward, infants typically begin feeding normally right away. If not corrected, however, the condition may result in failure to breastfeed, pain with breastfeeding, poor weight gain or speech problems.

Emerson’s frenulotomy clinic is offered on Wednesdays between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. in the Endoscopy Center, located on the third floor of Emerson Hospital, 133 Old Road to 9 Acre Corner in Concord. A physician referral is not required, but parents should check with their health plan to confirm that frenulotomy is a covered benefit.

To schedule an appointment, pediatricians or parents should call the patient registration line at 978-287-3062.

Emerson Hospital is a multi-site health system headquartered in Concord, Mass., with additional facilities in Sudbury, Groton and Westford. The 179-bed hospital provides advanced medical services to more than 300,000 individuals in 25 towns. To learn more, visit www.emersonhospital.org.