Living with chronic heartburn or acid reflux disease is uncomfortable, but can be easily be fixed with a minimally-invasive procedure known as the TIF procedure. This procedure allows patients to go home the next day and shortly thereafter return to their regular daily activities. Here is everything you need to know about a TIF procedure and whether it is the right option for you:
What is a TIF procedure?
TIF, which stands for transoral incisionless fundoplication, is a minimally-invasive procedure that bariatric patients receive to treat and stop chronic heartburn and acid reflux disease. No internal incisions or dissections occur during this procedure. The goal of this procedure is to restore the anti-reflux barrier between the esophagus and the stomach.
Patients undergo general anesthesia and a small camera is inserted through the patient’s mouth. Through this tool, physicians create a new anti-reflux valve at the base of the esophagus to prevent liquids, gas and food from re-entering the esophagus after digestion.
What does a TIF procedure treat?
The procedure treats gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), which is a common medical condition. Essentially, this is when the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) does not close completely after digestion. Food, liquid and even stomach acid can leak back from the stomach into the esophagus which causes reflux. If this continues over time it can cause damage to the esophagus and cause discomfort.
How long is a hospital stay for a TIF procedure?
Patients often are discharged the next day after a TIF procedure. Due to the minimal invasiveness of the procedure, patients often have quick recovering rates and time. In a few days following the procedure, most patients are able to return to work and their other daily activities.
Is a TIF procedure right for you?
If you are suffering from GERD, chronic heartburn or acid reflux, reach out and schedule a consultation with one of our TIF procedure experts.