Incisionless TIF Procedure using the EsophyX® device for Acid Reflux & GERD Treatment
Now there is an effective, long-term incisionless solution for people suffering from acid reflux or GERD who are:
Experiencing heartburn or other symptoms of GERD more than once a week
Concerned about the side effects of taking acid reflux medications, such as the potential increased risk for gastrointestinal infections, dementia, and kidney disease
Concerned about Barrett’s esophagus and esophagus cancer due to long-term acid reflux and GERD
TIF stands for “Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication” and is performed with the EsophyX device. EsophyX TIF is a minimally invasive procedure and offers a new advancement in the treatment of chronic acid reflux and GERD by reconstructing the body’s own anti-reflux barrier.
The EsophyX device and an endoscope are introduced together through the patient’s mouth (transorally) and advanced into the esophagus. With an endoscope, the doctor uses the EsophyX device to reconstruct the anti-reflux valve by wrapping the stomach’s fundus around the distal esophagus and securing it with poly-propylene fasteners.
The EsophyX TIF procedure generally takes about 30-45 minutes, and most patients can go home the next day and return to work and most normal activities within a few days.
An Entirely Incisionless Procedure: Because the EsophyX TIF procedure is performed entirely through the patient’s mouth, there are ZERO incisions in the skin.
Combination Hiatal Hernia Surgical Repair & TIF Procedure
Very often patients with GERD also present with a hiatal hernia. In this situation, depending on the need for a hiatal hernia repair, the majority of health insurance plans will pay for the TIF procedure when combined with laparoscopic hiatal hernia surgery. Data has shown the concomitant hiatal hernia repair with the TIF procedure can successfully eliminate GERD.
When GERD is not treated, serious complications can occur, such as esophageal stricture (a narrowing of the esophagus), bleeding, or a pre-cancer change in the lining of the esophagus called Barrett’s esophagus.
If you have questions about whether your insurance provider covers the TIF procedure, contact a representative of your plan directly.