If you struggle with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), then you know fully well what a strain it can be. Persistent pain and discomfort in the form of heartburn or acid indigestion can impede your quality of life in significant ways. Thankfully, there are a number of clinical interventions that can minimize the effects of GERD, and one that we’re happy to offer at IBI Healthcare Institute is transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF).
TIF is a preferred treatment option for a number of reasons. Not only can it provide lasting relief from GERD symptoms, but it’s all done through the mouth, which means you don’t have to worry about incision marks on your abdomen. If you’re curious to learn more about TIF, or to discover whether you’re a qualified candidate, we welcome you to contact IBI Healthcare Institute at your next convenience.
How it Works
A specially designed endoscope is used to perform the procedure. The doctor places it in the stomach through the mouth, eliminating the need for surgical incisions. Once the endoscope is in position, the doctor inflates the stomach. The doctor then maneuvers the scope to obtain a clear view of the area between the esophagus and the stomach.
The doctor will then pull tissue down from the gastroesophageal valve, wrapping that tissue to make a new valve. They fastened the new valve together and fused it to the tissue in your stomach.
Note that it’s this valve that tends to be the culprit in GERD; if the valve is too weak, it may cause stomach acid to flow back into the esophagus, which is what causes so much pain and discomfort.
The Benefits of TIF
This procedure offers a number of benefits, with one of them being its typical performance on an outpatient basis. That means you can be home to rest and recover just a few hours after your surgery, without the need for hospitalization.
Another significant benefit is that the results of TIF tend to be long-lasting. Not only that, but most patients who have this procedure done will never again need to use medications to keep acid reflux at bay.
Moreover, note that the procedure does not require making any surgical incisions. This makes it an ideal choice for individuals seeking a fully scar-free treatment option.
Are You A Candidate for TIF?
So, does all of this mean that TIF is the right option for you? We would generally recommend TIF to anyone who can check off each of the following boxes:
- You have been diagnosed with GERD.
- You are looking for a solution that doesn’t leave any scars.
- You are generally in good health and don’t have any disorders that could impede your body’s ability to heal.
Considering TIF? Chat with us to learn more. Contact IBI Healthcare Institute to book an appointment.
Real Surgery: TIF Procedure for GERD: (9/20/19)