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Gila Regional Medical Center

1313 E 32nd Street
Silver City, New Mexico 88061

Phone: (575) 538-4000
Fax (575) 538-9714

GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Surgery

What is chronic reflux? TIF Procedure Brings Relief!

If you have heartburn twice a week or more, you may have chronic acid reflux, also known as GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease). Heartburn is the most common symptom, but you may also experience:

  • Hoarseness or sore throat
  • Frequent swallowing
  • Asthma or asthma-like symptoms
  • Pain or discomfort in the chest
  • Sleep disruption (unable to sleep lying down)
  • Bloating
  • Excessive clearing of the throat
  • Persistent cough
  • Burning in the mouth or throat
  • Intolerance of certain foods
  • Dental erosions or therapy-resistant gum disease or inflammation

Normally, after swallowing, a valve between the esophagus and stomach opens to allow food to pass, then it closes to prevent stomach contents from "refluxing" back into the esophagus, causing a burning sensation in the chest. For people who suffer from GERD, the valve is dysfunctional and unable to prevent acid from refluxing into the esophagus.

Why pharmaceuticals are not a long-term solution

GERD today is typically treated with medications such as histamine receptor antagonists (H2 blockers), such as Pepcid, Tagamet and Zantac, and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), such as Nexium, Prilosec and Protonix. These medications can lose their effectiveness over time. They also don't treat the underlying root causes of reflux, the deteriorated anatomy of the antireflux barrier, so life-long medication therapy is required. In addition, recent studies on the adverse effects of long-term use of PPIs indicate a significantly higher incidence of hip fractures, particularly among women.

Conventional surgical treatment

For people who have severe GERD, surgical intervention may be required. Though the conventional laparoscopic procedure has long been proven a very effective long-term solution, it is still "invasive." It includes incisions and patients must remain in the hospital for up to several days. For that reason, the number of GERD sufferers who undergo the procedure is relatively small.

TIF EsophyX incisionless procedure

TIF (transoral incisionless fundoplication) is the latest treatment option for safely and effectively treating chronic GERD. A completely incisionless procedure, TIF reconstructs the antireflux barrier to provide a solution to the anatomical root cause of GERD. In clinical studies, 79% of patients remained off daily PPIs and 93% experienced a total elimination of heartburn at two years after the TIF procedure.

The TIF procedure is for patients who are dissatisfied with current pharmaceutical therapies or are concerned about the long-term effects of daily use of reflux medications.

The procedure is performed endoscopically using the innovative EsophyX surgical device from EndoGastric Solutions and was developed to emulate more invasive surgical techniques, but from within and completely without incisions and visible scars. The FDA cleared procedure is performed through the patient's mouth, rather than through an abdominal incision.
 
 

Typically lasting no more than 30-45 minutes, the procedure is performed under general anesthesia and reconstructs the antireflux barrier to restore the competency of the gastroesophageal junction. Most patients can go home the next day and return to work within a few days.

For more information on the EsophyX TIF procedure, view this site: http://www.gerdhelp.com/.

 

Gila Regional Heartburn Staff

Medical Reflux/GERD Diagnostics & Treatment:

Search the physician directory for Dr. Roland Snure.

Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative -- Hold Me Close!Gila Regional is working to be part of a program happening all over the world called the

Baby-Friendly Health Initiative

A Baby-Friendly(TM) Hospital does all it can to help you:

-- to start and keep on breastfeeding your baby

-- to safely make and feed your baby formula, if you cannot breastfeed

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