Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic digestive disease that occurs when stomach acid or, occasionally, bile flows back (refluxes) into your food pipe (esophagus). The backwash of acid irritates the lining of your esophagus and causes GERD signs and symptoms.
Dr Michael Hill is now performing the TIF® (Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication) procedure for the treatment of GERD. An incisionless surgery for acid reflux.
The TIF procedure is performed safely, quickly, and with minimal patient downtime. The procedure is called a Natural Orifice Surgery (NOS) procedure because the EsophyX device is introduced into the body by your physician through the mouth, rather than through an abdominal incision. The advantages of incisionless surgery over laparoscopic or open GERD surgery include shorter hospital stay, reduced patient discomfort, shortened patient recovery, no visible scars, and typically higher patient satisfaction.
How is TIF performed?
Performed with the patient under general anesthesia, the EsophyX device is introduced into the body transorally (through the mouth) and advanced into the esophagus under visualization of a video camera inserted down the central shaft of the device. The EsophyX device is then used to form and fasten several tissue folds, or plications, to create a robust antireflux valve at the gastroesophageal junction, resulting in the effective elimination of GERD.
Signs and symptoms of GERD include acid reflux and heartburn. Both are common digestive conditions that many people experience from time to time. When these signs and symptoms occur at least twice each week or begin to interfere with your daily life, doctors refer to this as GERD.
The discomfort of heartburn can be usually be managed with lifestyle changes and over-the-counter medications. But for people with GERD, these remedies may offer only temporary relief. People with GERD may need stronger medications, even surgery, to reduce symptoms.
Anyone, including infants and children, can have GERD. If not treated, it can lead to more serious health problems. In some cases, you might need medicines or surgery. However, many people may improve their symptoms by:
- Avoiding alcohol and spicy, fatty or acidic foods
- Eating smaller meals
- Not eating close to bedtime
- Losing weight if needed
- Wearing loose-fitting clothes