What is the TIF procedure?
TIF stands for transoral incisionless fundoplication and is a minimally invasive procedure. This procedure is done in patients with long-standing acid reflux and have not responded well to other treatments. Patients with acid reflux have a weak lower esophageal sphincter that allows acid and stomach contents to go back up the esophagus when they should not. The TIF procedure uses a special tool on the stomach to create a flap valve and stop the reflux from occurring.
Is the TIF procedure right for me?
Most patients are able to manage their acid reflux with diet changes and/or medications. Some patients continue to have symptoms despite medication or need to go off of medication due to another health condition. These patients benefit the most from a TIF. Ask your doctor if you are a good candidate for this procedure. A few tests may need to be ordered to determine if your esophagus and stomach are working properly before pursuing this procedure.
What can I expect during and after the procedure?
The procedure is performed in the hospital under general anesthesia. The EsophyX device is then passed through your mouth and into the esophagus and stomach. The procedure takes less than an hour.
You will be monitored until all of the effects of the anesthetics have worn off. You may experience some soreness and pain in your throat, stomach and chest areas. Majority of the time, overnight observation is done after the procedure. After the procedure you will gradually progress from liquids to solids to allow for healing. After a few days you will likely be able to return to work without heavy lifting.