An Incisionless Surgical Solution for Heartburn
For patients suffering from chronic acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a simple solution may seem out of the question. Now, thanks to a new procedure at Corcoran District Hospital, what seemed impossible has become a reality for GERD sufferers.
Corcoran District Hospital is the first hospital in Kings & Tulare Counties to offer incisionless surgery for GERD. The transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) procedure is an incision-free, early intervention for painful symptoms, such as chest pain, fullness and nighttime heartburn. Dr. Thomas Monfore will offer the procedure.
"The TIF procedure can significantly improve quality of life for our patients," Dr. Monfore said. "Many patients take reflux medications to help relieve their symptoms, but they still can't eat the foods they want or they have to sleep sitting up to reduce nighttime reflux."
With the TIF procedure, clinical studies have shown that 2 years later, nearly 79 percent of patients are off their daily reflux medications and can eat and drink foods and beverages they previously avoided.
In a healthy patient, there is a natural valve between the esophagus and the stomach that forms a barrier preventing stomach fluids from backwashing, or "refluxing," up into the esophagus. In a patient with chronic GERD, however, this valve has become dysfunctional.
"The TIF procedure reconstructs the valve between the esophagus and the stomach to prevent reflux," Dr. Monfore explained. "It is based on the same proven principles of conventional, more invasive laparoscopic GERD surgery. The advantage of TIF is that it's performed through the mouth. Because the procedure is incisionless, there is reduced pain, no visible scar and most patients can return to their normal activities within a few days."
With millions of patients diagnosed with GERD and not fully satisfied with their current treatment options, the TIF procedure offers a life-changing alternative.
"We are very excited to be able to offer to our patients the same benefits as more invasive procedures with only minimal risk," Dr. Monfore concluded.
For more information on the EsophyX TIF procedure, read here