When you need relief from acid reflux (heart burn), Banner Health offers comfort. Our gastroenterologists specializes in using the latest technology to eliminate digestive problems. Long-term solutions and a quick recovery are important to you.
That’s why we offer the noninvasive TIF (transoral incisionless fundoplication) procedure. Consider this incisionless treatment if you:
- Experience heartburn or non-heartburn at least twice a week
- Do not prefer pharmaceutical therapies
- Have concerns about the long-term effects of a lifetime of taking medications
What Is GERD or Acid Reflux?
Gastroesophageal reflux disease affects more than 30 million in the United States and often requires lifelong drug therapy. Gastroesophageal reflux disease is also known as acid reflux, or GERD. Food or liquid in the stomach leaks backward into the esophagus. This causes irritation and heartburn.
What Can I Expect From TIF Surgery?
Banner Health's gastroenterology surgeons will be there for you before, during and after your endoscopy. General anesthesia is necessary for this procedure. A device is inserted through the mouth and into the esophagus using a video camera as a guide. The device is then used to form and fasten several tissue folds to eliminate acid reflux.
What Are the Advantages of TIF Surgery?
TIF is completely incision-less. Because your gastroenterologist restores gastric function with an endoscope, there’s less discomfort and no scars. This results in a shortened hospital stay and quicker recovery. Often, patients are satisfied with the TIF process.