Transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) is a minimally invasive procedure that can help you avoid surgery for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). If you have GERD and other treatments aren’t helping, contact Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc at its offices located in Plymouth, La Porte, and South Bend, Indiana, with two South Bend locations on Generations Drive and in The South Bend Clinic on North Eddy Street. The practice’s board-certified gastroenterologists excel at performing TIF procedures to relieve GERD symptoms. To benefit from their expertise, call your nearest Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc office to book your appointment today.
TIF (transoral incisionless fundoplication) is an innovative treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). TIF is a less invasive alternative to fundoplication, a procedure that involves laparoscopic surgery.
With TIF, instead of accessing your stomach and esophagus by making surgical incisions in your abdomen, your provider at Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc uses a transoral approach (through your mouth). This causes less tissue damage and pain and promotes faster recovery.
You might benefit from a TIF procedure if you have GERD that’s not improving with medication and lifestyle changes.
GERD develops if you suffer repeated acid reflux attacks. Acid reflux occurs if stomach acid travels up your esophagus, burning the lining and causing pain in your chest (heartburn). Acid reflux results from the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) not working correctly.
The LES is a band of muscular tissue at the bottom of your esophagus that opens when you swallow. When food or drink enters your stomach, the LES closes securely behind it, keeping everything inside. If the LES is damaged or weakened, it can’t close fully, so stomach acid refluxes back into your esophagus.
Lifestyle changes (like weight loss, avoiding fatty foods, and quitting smoking) help the LES recover. Antacids neutralize stomach acid, and medications like proton pump inhibitors stop your stomach from making as much acid. For most people, these treatments work very well. If they aren’t helping, a TIF procedure could be the answer.
TIF works in a similar way to laparoscopic fundoplication, by folding the upper part of your stomach around the LES.
Your provider at Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc inserts a flexible tube (endoscope) through your mouth and down to your stomach. The endoscope has a camera on its end that enables your provider to see the LES during the TIF procedure.
They fold your stomach wall against the esophagus and secure the fold with special fasteners. This reinforces the LES, reducing or stopping acid reflux.
TIF offers several advantages over laparoscopic fundoplication, including:
Fundoplication surgery can cause bloating, excessive gas, and problems swallowing. The TIF procedure is less likely to cause such issues. If you don’t experience sufficient improvement after a TIF procedure, you can still undergo laparoscopic fundoplication in the future.
To find out more about the benefits of the TIF procedure and see if it could help your GERD symptoms, call Michiana Gastroenterology, Inc to book your appointment today.