If you have heartburn twice a week or more, you may have acid reflux disease, also known as Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease GERD). Heartburn is the most common symptom, but you may also experience:
- Excessive clearing of the throat
- Hoarseness or sore throat
- Persistent cough
- Frequent swallowing
- Burning in the mouth or throat
- Asthma or asthma-like symptoms
- Intolerance of certain foods
- Pain or discomfort in the chest
- Reflux-related sleep disorders
- Dental erosions or therapy-resistant gum
- Yellow fluid or stains on pillow after sleep
- Dental erosions or therapy-resistant gum disease or inflammation
The TIF Procedure
Incisionless Acid Reflux Solution
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 minimally invasive 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.
- 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.
Has my surgeon been specially trained?
Dr. Mirza received specialized training including lectures and hands-on training with a certified TIF trainer. He is an experienced Endo-laparoscopic Surgeon with Fellowship training in advanced endoscopic Surgery from one of the world most prestigious hospitals and medical centers; The Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
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