TIF procedure offers acid reflux relief
Banner Estrella Medical Center now offers acid reflux sufferers an effective, long-term, incisionless solution called TIF (Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication) for people who are:
- Experiencing heartburn or non-heartburn symptoms of GERD twice a week or more
- Dissatisfied with pharmaceutical therapies
- Concerned about long-term effects of a lifetime of taking pills
What is GERD/acid reflux?
More than 30 million people in the United States suffer from GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease ) – a condition in which food or liquid in the stomach leaks backward into the esophagus causing irritation and symptoms that include heartburn. GERD, commonly called acid reflux, is often is treated with lifelong drug therapy.
How does the TIF procedure work?
A huge advance in the evolution of the treatment of GERD, the TIF (Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication) procedure corrects the root cause of GERD, an anatomic deficiency at the gastroesophageal junction.
Performed with the innovative EsophyX surgical device, the procedure reconstructs a durable antireflux valve and tightens the LES (Lower Esophageal Sphincter), reestablishing a barrier to reflux and restoring the competency of the gastroesophageal junction. The result is the effective elimination of GERD
Is TIF truly incisionless?
TIF is a completely incisionless procedure performed safely, quickly, and with minimal patient downtime. The advantages of incisionless surgery over conventional laparoscopic or open GERD surgery include shorter hospital stay, reduced patient discomfort, shortened patient recovery, no visible scars, and typically higher patient satisfaction.
How is TIF performed?
Performed with the patient under general anesthesia, a device is introduced into the body transorally (through the mouth) and advanced into the esophagus under visualization of a video camera inserted down the central shaft of the device. The device is then used to form and fasten several tissue folds, or plications, to create a robust antireflux valve at the gastroesophageal junction, resulting in the effective elimination of GERD.