Acid reflux disease has become much more common. In fact, in 2011 it was estimated to have risen about 50% in the past decade. Serious conditions, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) are caused by acid reflux and affect more and more Americans. Acid reflux is not only painful, but can cause health issues. Untreated, GERD can turn into Barrett’s Esophagus, or BE, permanently scarring esophageal lining with acid. Left untreated, cases of BE can potentially lead to cancer. That’s why Georgia SurgiCare offers several solutions to help reduce and eliminate acid reflux, its symptoms and other issues it causes.


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EGD — Upper Endoscopy

Patients with heartburn, nausea or abdominal or chest pain will undergo this procedure before being treated further. This procedure involves using a small scope with a camera to look at the esophagus, stomach and the first part of the small intestine. This allows the doctor to better diagnose and treat any issues in the upper digestive system. The procedure takes only a few moments, and is done in the clinic.

Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication

Transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) is a non-invasive treatment that is performed in the office. The patient is placed under general anesthesia and a flexible endoscope is gently lowered down the throat and into the stomach. The surgeon then restores the normal functions of the esophagus and stomach, ensuring proper positioning and lowering pressures that cause reflux.

Choosing TIF relieves patients of the discomfort caused by GERD, while allowing them a short recovery period and an incisionless procedure.

BARRX Procedure

For patients suffering from Barrett’s Esophagus, the BARRX procedure can minimize the risk of developing esophageal cancer. Performed on an outpatient basis, the procedure involves placing an endoscope in the mouth and down the throat to view and measure the treatment area. A BARRX ablation catheter is then inserted to treat the abnormal tissue.


Both treatments can drastically improve the lives of those suffering from acid reflux. The EGD allows the doctor to better pinpoint exactly how to proceed, while TIF offers long-lasting, if not permanent, solutions for those who suffer from GERD. Both are minimally invasive and feature quick recovery times.

For more information about these procedures, or to request an appointment at our weight loss surgery center, call us at 678.466.6760.

Ask your doctor if TIF as a treatment for acid reflux disease is right for you.

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