What is TIF (Esophyx)?
Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) is a minimally invasive treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Moreover, this procedure is performed through the mouth which means you will not have any incisions in your abdomen.
Who is a Candidate for TIF?
Do you suffer from chronic acid reflux? Have you already tried pharmaceutical therapies with no results? Are you looking for a scarless procedure to solve your problem?
TIF procedure may be for you.
How does the TIF Procedure work?
A specially designed endoscope with a camera is transorally (through the mouth) placed into the stomach and the stomach is inflated. The scope is then positioned to view the junction between the esophagus and the stomach. Next, the physician will pull down the tissue from the gastroesophageal valve (GEV) and wraps the tissue around it to make a new valve.
This newly created valve is fastened to fuse the tissue. During this time if there is a hiatal hernia the surgeon will also fix it saving you the hassle of having to have another operation.
What are the Benefits of the TIF Procedure?
- No incisions.
- Outpatient – no hospital stay.
- Great results – no need for acid reflux medications.
What are the Risks Associated with the TIF Procedure?
TIF is a very safe procedure. With more than 10,000 procedures done worldwide, no deaths or major complications have been reported.
How long does it take to recover from the Procedure?
After the surgery, there will be moderate pain for about 48 hours. However, most of the pain should subside within 2 weeks.
How Long do the Results Last?
Many clinical studies have shown that the TIF procedure is considered to be a long-lasting treatment for chronic acid reflux.
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