"Lip tie" surgery, or any fully sedated surgery for an infant **UPDATE** 5/20/2011
DD goes Wednesday to have a "release of upper lip frenectomy". If she were older it would be no big deal (it's a 15 minute procedure) but at 3 months she has to be put under. Her dr says the biggest concern is the higher risk of her going into respiratory distress from the anesthesia because she is under 6 months. I'm getting nervous, even though I know the dr/surgeon wouldn't have recommended the surgery he felt it's an unnecessary risk. Has anyone else had a child be fully sedated this young? Did everything go well?
My older two went to the dentist for cleanings on Tuesday. While there I was talking to one of the hygienists, who set up a free consultation with one of the practice's dental surgeons (who has done wonderful work on DH's teeth) to look at the lip tie. He doesn't do them on children this young, so I wasn't expecting much. The dentist took a quick look, then cut the frenulum right there in the office! She won't be getting sedated! He only used topical gel and had to use a scalpel because a baby can't be expected to sit long enough for the laser. This meant extra bleeding, which only amounted to soaking through 2 small gauze squares, then stopping when the third was applied. I nursed her as soon as the bleeding stopped, and the difference was immediately noticeable (for me, no discomfort!). I called ENT and canceled the surgery appt before we left the parking lot. DD just nursed for the fourth time since and her upper lip sort of flairs out over the like it's supposed to! She hasn't had to pull away a single time because her nose isn't pulled tight against against the breast anymore, and she hasn't spit up at all so far (she's never spit up excessively, but she usually has a 'slow leak' after eating). To top it all off, the office usually charges $380 for a labial frenectomy, but gave us a huge discount and only charged $120 since they didn't use the laser! Now all that's left to stress over is whether to send the office flowers or a fruit basket...
A huge thank you for the advice and happy ending accounts you all shared!