TIF Procedure – Relief From Acid Reflux

Premier Medical Group’s Gastroenterology Division is proud to offer Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF), an advanced endoscopy procedure for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) that relieves symptoms without surgery.

What is Acid Reflux Disease or GERD

Acid reflux is a common, persisting pain in the esophagus. It occurs when a ring of muscle at the end of the esophagus does not close the way it should. That ring of muscle between the stomach and the esophagus is called the lower esophageal sphincter. The opening provides a way for stomach contents to enter the esophagus. Acid reflux occurs when stomach acid leaks back into the esophagus. Known more generally as reflux, this causes significant irritation.

Acid reflux is very common amongst adults. More than 60 million Americans experience the condition at least once each month. Some people experience it far more frequently. If you have acid reflux more than twice each week, you may have acid reflux disease, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. Around 20% of people in the United States have GERD.

GERD is a serious condition that affects many people and can ultimately lead to esophageal cancer. When not treated, GERD can cause debilitating symptoms including: difficulty swallowing, heartburn, serious cough, and difficulty sleeping and eating.

GERD can also lead to harmful health complications. Some of those health complications include:

  • Lung problems
  • Barrett’s esophagus
  • Esophageal stricture
  • Esophageal ulcer

What is a TIF Procedure?

This innovative procedure reconstructs the antireflux valve using a device called the EsophyX device and restores the body’s natural protection against reflux.  The TIF procedure is performed under general anesthesia and takes less than an hour. During the procedure, your doctor will guide the EsophyX device with an endoscope through the mouth, esophagus, and into the stomach. The EsophyX device reconstructs the antireflux valve by wrapping the upper portion of the stomach (fundus) around the damaged lower portion of the esophagus. It’s then secured with polypropylene fasteners (fundoplication). Your doctor will leave fasteners in place to secure the newly constructed valve while you heal. There’s no need to remove them as the body heals around them.

What Are the Benefits of TIF?

  • No external skin incisions – no scarring
  • No internal cutting or dissecting of the natural anatomy – more rapid recovery
  • Fewer adverse events and complications
  • Does not limit future treatment options
  • Can be revised if required

In recent studies, TIF patients reported 80% improvement in quality of life, significantly improved satisfaction, and reduction/elimination of heartburn symptoms. All patients discontinued medication after the TIF procedure, and 79% were still completely off daily medication two years after the procedure.

Am I a Candidate for TIF?

Candidates for the TIF procedure are patients who have either no hiatal hernias, or small hiatal hernias, and are experiencing symptoms of GERD.  Patients with larger hiatal hernias may require minor repair surgery prior to the TIF procedure in order to fully benefit from the procedure.

You may be a candidate for TIF if:

  • You regularly experience GERD symptoms of heartburn or regurgitation after eating.
  • GERD medication is no longer effective for you.
  • You continue to have GERD symptoms while on medication.
  • You prefer not to undergo traditional anti-reflux surgery.

Schedule a consultation with Board Certified Gastroenterologist Dr. Tamer Sargios  to find out if the TIF procedure is right for you.  Call 845.471.9410