A surgical solution for heartburn without incision
What may have seemed like science fiction is now a reality. Surgery without an incision helping patients suffering from chronic acid reflux regain a normal life. AnMed Health Piedmont Surgical Associates is now offering the TIF procedure for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
In a healthy patient, there is a natural valve between the esophagus and the stomach that forms a physical barrier preventing stomach fluids from backwashing, or “refluxing,” up into the esophagus. In a patient with chronic GERD, this valve has become dysfunctional. Even with reflux medication, many patients are still unable to eat the foods they want or need to sleep sitting up to reduce nighttime reflux.
What are my treatment options?
Depending on the severity of GERD-related symptoms, treatment may involve lifestyle modifications, medical therapy or antireflux surgery.
Over the counter and prescribed pharmaceuticals provide temporary relief, but do not treat the underlying anatomical problem or stop the disease from worsening.
Conventional antireflux surgery has been long considered an effective solution to treating GERD, but typically includes side effects such as bloating and difficulty swallowing.
The TIF procedure for reflux treats the underlying cause of GERD without incisions. This innovative procedure rebuilds the antireflux valve and restores the body’s natural protection against reflux.
No pills. No scars. Just relief.
TIF treats GERD at its source. The incisionless approach rebuilds an antireflux valve to restore the body’s natural protection against acid reflux. By accessing the stomach through the mouth, there are no scars, minimizing complications and possibly leading to a quicker recovery.
Eat or drink the foods you want, when you want.
With millions of Americans diagnosed with GERD and not fully satisfied with their treatment options, the TIF procedure offers an excellent alternative.
Get back to living without the pills and without heartburn. Contact AnMed Health Piedmont Surgical Associates or call our office at 864.224.1111 for more information about the TIF procedure.
If you regularly experience the following symptoms, you may have GERD.
- Dry coughing
- Feeling of food stuck in the esophagus
- Saliva increase
- Sore throat
- Difficult or painful swallowing
Candidates for TIF
- You may be a candidate for TIF if you:
- Regularly experience GERD symptoms
- No longer respond well to reflux medications
- Are dependent on proton pump inhibitors
- Are considering surgery but are concerned about complications and potential side effects of traditional antireflux surgery
- Have a small hiatal hernia