The TIF procedure (Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication) represents the next step in the field of minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of GERD.
The TIF procedure is performed through the mouth without incisions. A surgeon utilizes the EsophyX device to reconstruct the valve between the esophagus and the stomach and restore the body’s natural protection against reflux.
While many patients may be dissatisfied with the medicines available to treat their GERD symptoms, some are wary of traditional antireflux surgery. This concern may be due to the incisions required, the associated risks, and undesirable long-term side effects such as bloating, trouble swallowing, and increased flatulence.
The TIF procedure bridges the treatment gap between medication and more invasive surgery. Because the procedure is performed entirely through the patient’s mouth, there are no abdominal incisions and no scars from the procedure.