Are you suffering from chronic heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) that isn’t effectively treated with medication and lifestyle changes? Or are your medications working, but leaving you concerned about their possible long-term side effects? Wondering what you can do? EsophyX incisionless surgery may be the right answer for you.
What Is It
Transoral incisionless fundoplication, or TIF® as it is commonly called, is a revolutionary procedure for safely and effectively treating chronic heartburn or GERD. The procedure involves rebuilding the antireflux barrier, which fixes the fundamental problem associated with chronic heartburn and GERD.
How Does It Work
TIF is a minimally invasive endoscopic procedure that involves using the innovative EsophyX® surgical device (see photo at right) from EndoGastric Solutions®. Using the EsophyX device, the procedure is performed through the mouth, rather than through an abdominal incision as is standard for traditional surgery. The EsophyX device is used to create tissue folds and build a sturdy antireflux valve. The procedure typically takes between 45 minutes and 1 hour, and is performed under general anesthesia. Most patients can go home the following day and return to work within just a few days.
How Well Does It Work
Studies have shown that 93 percent of patients remained heartburn free and 79 percent remained off their daily proton pump inhibitor medication at two years after undergoing the TIF procedure. In addition, patients stated 80 percent improvement in quality of life, significantly improved satisfaction and reduction/elimination of their heartburn symptoms.
To learn more about incisionless surgery for chronic heartburn or reflux, visit Central Florida Regional Hospital online, or give us a call at 1-800-445-3392.