Transoral lncisionless Fundoplication (TIF®) is an FDA-approved procedure that treats the underlying cause of gastroesophageal reflux by repairing the anti-reflux valve.

TIF is performed by the thoracic surgeons at The Valley Center for Heartburn, Reflux and GERD.

What Condition Does the TIF Procedure Treat? 

TIF is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a procedure that occurs when the valve that keeps your stomach contents from flowing up into your esophagus doesn’t close properly. 

The resulting acid that flows back from the stomach into the esophagus can cause: 

  • Heartburn
  • Chest pain
  • Regurgitation
  • Gas/bloating
  • Excessive salivation
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Sensitivity to some foods and liquids

How Does the TIF Procedure Work?

The TIF procedure uses an innovative device, inserted through the patient’s mouth, that enables the gastroesophageal valve to be rebuilt using the patient’s own stomach tissue. The technique is minimally invasive and requires no incisions.

The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and usually takes less than an hour to perform.

Patients typically go home either the same day or the following day, depending on their individual situation.

What Are the Benefits of the TIF Procedure?

Faster recovery: The procedure’s minimally invasive approach means no scarring, which minimizes complications and allows patients to recover faster. Most patients return to work and normal activities within a few days of the procedure. 

Long-term relief: Repairing the gastroesophageal valve and restoring the body’s natural protection against acid reflux means patients no longer need medications to manage their reflux.

As with any surgery, however, the TIF procedure carries potential risks and complications, including:

  • Sore throat
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Epigastric or abdominal pain
  • Difficulty swallowing