What is Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF)?
Transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) is a minimally invasive treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Fundoplication is a surgical procedure where the lining of the stomach and esophagus are manipulated to restore normal function to the gastroesophageal junction (connection point between the esophagus and stomach).
The procedure will hopefully reduce the frequency of acid reflux experienced by the patient.
The procedure is accomplished using an endoscope paired with the device that carries out the fundoplication.
Is Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) Safe?
There are some risks and side effects associated with transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF). Some of the common effects of the procedure include sore throat, hoarseness, temporary difficulty swallowing, reaction to anesthesia, and nausea. While some of the discomfort related after-effects of the procedure are generally common, they usually resolve themselves shortly after surgery.
Additional risk factors to getting the procedure include being under the age of 18, being overweight, and having a large hiatal hernia.
Speak with your doctor about any concerns that you have regarding your potential risks and this procedure.