A Life-Changing Approach to Heartburn Relief

January 11, 2019

If you struggle with chronic heartburn or acid reflux, a new, breakthrough minimally invasive procedure may improve the quality of your life and possibly free you from long-term medication use.

Physicians with the Valley Center for Heartburn, Reflux and GERD are offering a new procedure call Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) that is performed without abdominal incisions. This outpatient procedure offers those her suffer from heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) a quicker recovery and improved outcomes than traditional anti-reflux surgery.

The TIF procedure represents the next step in the field of minimally invasive surgery for the treatment of GERD. Benefits include: 
•    No scars, due to incisionless approach
•    Faster recovery, since there is no internal cutting of the natural anatomy
•    Can be revised if required

The TIF procedure is performed through the mouth without incisions. A surgeon utilizes the EsophyX device to reconstruct the valve between the esophagus and the stomach and restore the body’s natural protection against reflux.

“Chronic heartburn is more than just uncomfortable,” said Dr. Robert Korst, Director of Thoracic Surgery.  “The same acid reflux that sparks heartburn symptoms can also damage the delicate lining of the esophagus, which can set the stage for a particularly lethal form of esophageal cancer.”

“The TIF procedure bridges the treatment gap between medication and more invasive surgery,” said Dr. Melissa Bagloo, Medical Director of the Center for Bariatric Surgery and Weight-Loss Management. “Because the procedure is performed entirely through the patient’s mouth, there are no abdominal incisions and no scars from the procedure.”

In addition to Drs. Korst and Bagloo, the Center’s team of physicians includes Dr. Mark Shapiro. To make an appointment with a member of the team, please call 1-800-VALLEY 1 (1-800-825-5391).