What is Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease?
Reflux occurs when the valve that keeps the contents of your stomach from flowing up into your esophagus stops functioning. Reflux is not caused by stomach acid. It is a chronic condition caused by the esophageal valve not closing properly.
Frequent, untreated GERD may progress to Barrett’s Esophagus, a condition where stomach acids eats away the lining of the esophagus. Cells that are similar to the acid-resistant cells of the stomach replace the damaged cells. These cells can become cancerous, leading to adenocarcinoma.
We can help you manage GERD through a comprehensive approach, starting with testing.
Treatments for GERD include:
- Medication management
- Lifestyle adjustments
- Surgical treatments
- Laparoscopic fundoplication
- TIF Procedure
What is the TIF Procedure?
The TIF procedure fixes the root cause of reflux. TIF trained physicians are able to restore the natural shape, location and effectiveness of your esophageal valve with an innovative procedure, stopping reflux. The vast majority of patients experience little discomfort post-procedure. After the healing period of four to six weeks, they are off daily PPIs and back to their healthy state once more.
Benefits of the TIF Procedure include:
- Minimally invasive
- Fast recovery
- No incisions
- FDA cleared
- No increased flatulence
- Exemplary safety profile
- No increased bloating
- Covered by most insurances
- No metal implant
- Controls disruptive symptoms
Is TIF Right for you??
You may not need the TIF procedure at this stage if you are experiencing relief of symptoms with lifestyle changes or compliant use of PPIs.
However, when managing your symptoms requires increasing the dose of PPIs and the duration of use beyond what is FDA approved, it’s time to schedule an appointment with a physician trained to perform the TIF procedure.
Take the GERD Quality of Life Questionnaire and bring it to your scheduled appointment to find out if the TIF procedure is right for you.