Are You A Candidate for the TIF® Procedure to Treat GERD?
If you or someone you love suffers from GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), you are likely aware that this digestive condition can be uncomfortable and may often make daily life challenging. Fortunately, you don’t have to continue suffering from ongoing acid reflux. At GI Alliance, it is possible to relieve GERD symptoms with transoral incisionless fundoplication, commonly called the TIF procedure. To find out more about how this GERD treatment approach could help you find relief from your acid reflux symptoms or to partner with a specialist who performs the TIF procedure, please request an appointment with our GI team as soon as possible.
What exactly is GERD?
You may be experiencing gastroesophageal reflux disease if you have incidences of mild to moderate acid reflux several times a week or severe acid reflux a few times a week. Although the disease often develops in adults aged 40 or above, you can potentially experience GERD if you:
- Use alcohol or tobacco
- Lay down right after eating
- Are pregnant
- Drink coffee
- Routinely eat spicy foods
- Have scleroderma or a hiatal hernia
- Are obese
- Eat large amounts of food late at night
Though you can attempt to avoid eating foods and additional triggers to alleviate GERD symptoms, medical treatment is necessary at times. Our GI practice is pleased to offer the TIF procedure as a treatment option for long-term acid reflux.
How does the TIF procedure work?
The TIF procedure is a minimally invasive, advanced treatment method provided to those with gastroesophageal reflux disease. It reconstructs the lining of the upper stomach and esophagus to restore the ability of the gastroesophageal junction to function properly.
As an innovative option, the TIF procedure is often sought out and considered an appealing option because it does not require any incisions or metal implants, and the healing period is generally short.
Transoral incisionless fundoplication is also a safe option that can enable patients who have failed to enjoy acid reflux relief to obtain the treatment they require.
Is transoral incisionless fundoplication right for you?
If you think transoral incisionless fundoplication might be the right solution for your GERD, please request a consultation at a GI Alliance location near you. Our skilled GI specialists can help you decide if this solution is suitable for your health needs.
When you visit for a private consultation, our TIF specialists will review your health history and symptoms to ascertain if this is the ideal procedure for you. You might also require additional testing to assess whether or not you are a candidate for transoral incisionless fundoplication. Such testing might entail endoscopy, an esophageal motility study, and esophageal acid exposure testing.
The TIF procedure may be recommended if you:
- Experience chronic heartburn
- Do not have a hiatal hernia larger than one inch
- Have acid regurgitation or other symptoms of GERD
- Have GERD even after adjusting your diet and lifestyle
- Want to avert the side effects associated with acid reflux medication
Get relief from acid reflux with the TIF procedure
In the event you have chronic acid reflux or GERD, you'll likely find it difficult to enjoy life on most days. If alternative treatment protocols haven’t helped alleviate these symptoms, the TIF procedure for reflux at GI Alliance could be an appropriate solution for you. To obtain care for GERD or connect with a provider who offers transoral incisionless fundoplication, contact our team today.