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What is TIF?

Q: What is TIF?

A: TIF (Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication) is a surgical procedure performed with the innovative EsophyX device to treat the underlying cause of chronic acid reflux/Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). The procedure, performed through the mouth, reconstructs the barrier between the stomach and esophagus to prevent stomach fluids from refluxing up into esophagus.  TIF is completely incisionless so it has less risk, reduced recovery time and no visible scar.

What is TIF?

Q: Is TIF effective?

A: According to recent studies, TIF patients reported 80% improvement in quality of life, significantly improved satisfaction and reduction/elimination of heartburn symptoms. All patients stopped using medication after the TIF procedure, and 79% of these patients were still not using medications two years after the procedure.

Q: What are the advantages of TIF?

A: The TIF procedure offers the following benefits to patients:

  • No external skin incisions/no scarring
  • No internal cutting
  • Lower risk/less complications
  • Does not limit future treatment options
  • Can be revised if necessary

Q: Is TIF safe?

A: Yes, TIF has been proven safe in use in thousands of procedures around the world. Additionally, reported side effects have been minimal.

Q: What Can I Expect from the TIF Procedure?

A: TIF is performed under general anesthesia and requires the patient not to eat or drink for several hours prior to the procedure. While under anesthesia, the flexible EsophyX device is gently lowered through the mouth into the stomach under the visualization of an endoscope "video" placed down the shaft of the device.  Once inside the stomach, the surgeon will manipulate the device to create a tight sealing valve and hold it in place with suture-like fasteners.

The procedure itself typically takes less than an hour to complete.  Most patients can go home the next day and most resume normal activities, including returning to work, within a few days of the procedure.

Patients should expect to feel some discomfort in their stomach, chest, nose and throat for the first few days to a week after the procedure. Also during the first week after the procedure, patients should restrict physical activity, as instructed by their doctor, and follow the recommended dietary guidelines to ensure success while the tissue heals.

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