Incisionless Acid Reflux Solution Page
TIF: Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication
Incisionless TIF procedure (with the EsophyX device):
TIF is the first incisionless NOS (Natural Orifice Surgery) procedure based
on the long-established surgical principles of the gold-standard conventional
reflux surgery procedures. As a low-risk solution, TIF is often appropriate
for a wide range of GERD sufferers, including those who:
- No longer adequately respond to or are dissatisfied with pharmaceutical therapies
- Are experiencing heartburn or non-heartburn symptoms of GERD
- Are concerned about long-term effects of a lifetime of taking pills
What is TIF?
TIF (Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication) treats the underlying cause
of GERD without incisions. This innovative procedure reconstructs the
antireflux valve and restores the body's natural protection against reflux.
Is TIF effective?
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
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
Is TIF safe?
TIF has been proven safe in use in thousands of procedures worldwide. To
date, side effects have been minimal.
What can I expect?
TIF is performed under general anesthesia and will require you not to eat
or drink for several hours prior to the procedure. The procedure itself
will generally take less than one hour.
Most patients can go home the next day and can return to work and most
normal activities within a few days. Patients should expect to experience some discomfort in their stomach,
chest, nose and throat for the first few days to a week after the procedure.
Patients will be asked to restrict physical activity for the first week
and will be given dietary guidelines to help maximize their success while
the tissue heals.
Disclaimer: As with any Medical procedure or surgery, there are specific
risks and possible complications. If you have specific questions about
the procedure we suggest you arrange for a consult with the Doctor.