What to Expect & How to Prepare for Your First Visit
At your appointment Dr. Prather will talk to you about symptoms you or your baby may be experiencing and will perform an oral exam. The exam involves not only a visual but a functional assessment. Dr. Prather has advanced training in assessing ties and will be able to advise you on the possible need for revision.
She is also experienced enough to be aware of other causes that may contribute to the symptoms you or your baby are experiencing. Because the issue is often multifactorial it is important to see a knowledgeable provider who is trained and experienced to assess ties specifically for resolution of functional issues not just physical appearance. This type of assessment takes much more time but is extremely important for making the best decision for your little one.
Once you have spoken with Dr. Prather if a revision is recommended, it can often be completed same day.
Before your Appointment:
- We strongly encourage you to have a visit with lactation support before your visit with us. It is helpful to already have this support in place. They can provide suggestions for improving latch pre and post revision and can help with supplementing nutrition as needed in our babies who are struggling to gain weight. They can also do a weighted feed which is information that is helpful to us in deciding if a revision would be beneficial. We find our moms and babies that have pre and post op visits with lactation support have the best recovery and quickest resolution of feeding problems.