Your favorite foods. A full night's sleep. What has your acid reflux kept you from enjoying in your life? At Coastal Carolina Hospital, we're dedicated to helping you find relief from acid reflux. And thanks to TIF—a new incision-free procedure to repair the root cause of the disease—it's possible for us to alleviate your reflux, caused by GERD, almost completely. If you're ready to ease your suffering, let's start talking about your options today.
Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF®)
TIF is a procedure that treats gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), whose symptoms include heartburn and acid reflux—or regurgitation of food. GERD is a chronic condition caused by changes in the gastroesophageal valve (GEV) that allow acid to flow back from the stomach into the esophagus.
Hiatal hernias are commonly found to contribute to reflux symptoms. This procedure can reduce a hiatal hernia and helps rebuild the valve between the stomach and the esophagus, restoring the natural anatomy to prevent GERD.
Coastal Carolina Hospital is the first hospital in the Lowcountry to perform a TIF procedure.
How Does the TIF Procedure Work?
The TIF procedure is performed by inserting a small camera and small surgical instruments through the patient’s mouth down to the stomach. Using this approach, there are no abdominal incisions and no visible scars. This minimizes complications and allows for rapid recovery.
The surgeon uses special fasteners to rebuild the anti-reflux valve and restore the body’s natural protection against acid reflux.
Rebuilding the valve restores the body’s natural protection against acid reflux which allows patients to gain long-term relief from GERD symptoms without being dependent on medical therapy.
Who Should Get the TIF Procedure?
If you’ve been diagnosed with GERD, acid reflux disease or laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR), you could be a candidate for the TIF procedure. Talk with your doctor to see if this minimally invasive procedure is right for you.
What Are the Benefits of the TIF Procedure?
Several key benefits can make getting the TIF procedure a more desirable option than conventional surgery. Benefits include:
No external incisions
No internal cutting of the natural anatomy
More rapid recovery
Fewer adverse events and complications than other surgical options
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