Is chronic reflux affecting your ability to sleep through the night or eat a meal without pain? If you’re suffering from persistent GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), you may be a good candidate for a new, incision-free procedure known as transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF). A possible alternative to daily medication and more invasive surgical options such as a Nissen Fundoplication, the TIF procedure relieves GERD symptoms for many patients. To schedule a consultation with an experienced Los Angeles thoracic surgeon and TIF specialist, contact us today at (855) 360-9119.
WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR TIF SURGERY?
Transoral incisionless fundoplication surgery is generally considered to be a safe procedure for patients with chronic heartburn. Patients may want to consider undergoing TIF if they:
- Suffer from persistent GERD
- Suffer from a small hiatal hernia
- Want to reduce their reliance on reflux medications
- Want to avoid progression of their condition.
TRANSORAL INCISIONLESS FUNDOPLICATION PROCEDURE
Patients undergo acid reflux surgery at La Peer’s newly remodeled outpatient surgery center in Los Angeles. You will be under anesthesia, ensuring that you experience no pain or discomfort during TIF surgery. Once you are sedated, we will place the FDA-approved EsophyX device through the mouth and into the esophagus. At the point where the stomach meets the esophagus, the device recreates the natural valve to prevent acid from washing back into the esophagus. TIF surgery takes just 45-60 minutes and has no incisions. Patients can leave the facility the next morning.
RECOVERY AFTER TIF SURGERY
A simple procedure, TIF surgery offers a number of benefits including a reduced chance of stomach acid damaging the esophagus. After the procedure, your surgeon will instruct you to follow a liquid-only diet for two weeks. You will then need to consume only soft foods for a month.
Because TIF requires no incisions, the procedure causes few side effects, and most patients return to normal activity within a few days. Studies indicate that 70 percent of patients remained symptom-free two years after undergoing surgery.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Who is a candidate for transoral incisionless fundoplication?
A: Patients with chronic GERD may be eligible for TIF surgery. Contact La Peer Health Systems in Los Angeles to determine if TIF can help reduce your dependency on medication and ease your reflux symptoms.
Q: Are patients typically in pain after TIF surgery?
A: You should not experience much pain after surgery, though mild discomfort in the throat or chest region is possible. You doctor can recommend OTC medications to ease any slight discomfort you may feel.
Q: When can I go back to work and other activities after surgery?
A: Transoral incisionless fundoplication is an incision-free procedure with an incredibly fast recovery time. Most patients resume work in just a few days.
Q: What are the advantages of undergoing TIF at an outpatient center like La Peer?
A: Because La Peer is an outpatient surgical center and not a hospital, patients enjoy a reduced chance of encountering hospital-acquired infections and illness. Additionally, our medical teams of doctors, nurses and staff works together regularly, a fact that decreases procedure times and reduces the length of time spent under anesthesia.
CONTACT LA PEER FOR A CONSULTATION
A great alternative to more invasive reflux surgery, TIF has helped many GERD sufferers by relieving their symptoms and reducing their dependency on medication. Contact La Peer Health Systems in Los Angeles by calling our Beverly Hills office at (855) 360-9119 for more information about the TIF procedure and whether this revolutionary treatment is right for you.
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