Incisionless Surgery for Heartburn

Posted: Mar 28 in Surgery Blog tagged by Staff

Approximately 10 percent of the United States population suffers from heartburn, chronic cough, and hoarseness every day as a result of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). This is a real problem for a lot of people. Until just recently, many sufferers either had to take a lifetime of medications, undergo invasive surgery, or contend with their symptoms as they continued to grow worse and worse. Now there is a procedure available for patients who aren’t finding relief from daily acid reflux medications known as Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs).

Acid reflux surgery in Ft. Meyers is available for the treatment of GERD without using a single incision. Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) is a beneficial option for patients who suffer from chronic heartburn that is not being controlled by the use of daily medications. This procedure can improve the quality of life for a lot of patients.

Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication is labeled as “minutely invasive surgery” since it involves no incisions. The TIF procedure involves a re-creation of the anti-reflux barrier that is located between the stomach and esophagus, thereby helping to prevent future bouts of acid reflux. The biggest benefit of this procedure is that it is performed through the mouth, or trans-orally, which leaves the patient with less post-operative pain, no visible scarring, and allows for a shorter recovery time.

Research indicates that patients who had the TIF procedure are often able to decrease their daily medication dependency by about 80 percent after two years. Many patients also report experiencing an improved quality of life overall after having the TIF procedure. Clinical trial studies indicate that TIF patients can eat foods and drink beverages that they had previously avoided for years.

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