Tallahassee, Florida –
Tallahassee Memorial Hospital now offers a minimally invasive surgery for people who suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or most commonly known as acid reflux. Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) is the most advanced procedure for treating the underlying cause of acid reflux without incisions.
“The TIF procedure can greatly enhance the quality of life for people who suffer from acid reflux,” said Jeff Crooms, MD, who is the first physician to perform the procedure in Northwest Florida. “This is a low risk procedure and is less invasive than past surgical options. The TIF procedure can be an option for patients that otherwise would be on reflux medication their entire lives. The procedure has minimal risk and complications”
Prior to this procedure being developed, the surgical options were limited. TIF provides a solution that treats the cause of acid reflux by restoring the body’s natural protection against reflux and stops further deterioration to the esophagus. The TIF procedure uses an EsophyX® surgical device which enters the esophagus through the mouth and is positioned at the junction of the stomach and esophagus. The device then forms and fastens several tissue folds to reconstruct the anti-reflux valve. In the weeks following the surgery, the body’s natural healing process fuses and cements the plications to create a durable anti-reflux barrier.
The procedure takes 45-60 minutes and the patient goes home the next day. In most cases, patients can return to work a few days after the surgery and 80 percent of patients can completely eliminate or decrease acid reflux medication use. This procedure is not for everyone, and people interested in this procedure should consult a physician.