Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) in Dallas, TX

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Transoral incisionless fundoplication, or the TIF procedure, is a minimally invasive procedure for GERD (gastroesophogeal reflux disease). TIF is a surgical procedure where the lining of the fundus, or upper stomach, and esophagus are manipulated to enhance proper function at the gastroesophageal junction (the connection point between the esophagus and stomach). The TIF procedure does not involve any incisions or metal implants and can carry an abbreviated recuperation period. To receive more explanation about the state-of-the-art TIF treatment option in Dallas, TX, we encourage you to contact Digestive Health Associates of Texas to speak to a TIF-trained doctor in your area.

Heartburn (or acid reflux) is a common and oftentimes irritating symptom of GERD. The primary goal of the transoral incisionless fundoplication surgery is to help reduce the frequency of reflux (or other symptoms) felt by the individual. TIF might be recommended for people who:

  • Have GERD symptoms that are resistant to medication, diet, and lifestyle changes
  • Experience chronic heartburn, acid regurgitation, or other symptoms of GERD
  • Prefer to avoid any potential long-term side-effect of medication
  • Do not have hiatal hernias larger than 1 inch in diameter or who do not have hiatal hernias at all

As part of an initial meeting, a gastrointestinal physician from our Digestive Health Associates of Texas network will be able to review your challenges and options for treatment and assist you in determining if the TIF surgery is the best answer for you.

Transoral incisionless fundoplication is done under anesthesia to ensure no discomfort. The procedure is completed with the aid of an endoscope in coordination with the TIF device that manages the fundoplication piece. The endoscope is extended through the TIF device and fitted into the esophagus via the mouth. Using the TIF device, the doctor wraps the bottom of the esophagus down around the upper piece of the stomach and then securely attaches the tissue into position.

There are some side effects and risks related to TIF procedures. Typical side effects of the procedure may include a painful throat, hoarseness, short-term difficulty swallowing, a reaction to anesthesia, and upset stomach. Though a portion of the painful aftereffects of the procedure are generally expected, they most often disappear shortly after surgery. There are more risks associated with the procedure if you are under the age of 18, having a weight over normal range, or a diagnosis of a large hiatal hernia.

It is imperative to have a discussion with your doctor in Dallas, TX about any questions you may have related to your potential risks and this surgery.

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Transoral incisionless fundoplication provides a minimally invasive option to relieve the painful symptoms of GERD and more. If you deal with the ramifications of chronic acid reflux or are educating yourself on treatment options, our physician-led network of gastroenterology doctors at Digestive Health Associates of Texas is here to assist you. For more information about transoral incisionless fundoplication or to identify a TIF-trained physician near Dallas, TX, please reach out to our office today.

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