Transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF). It’s a mouthful to say, but the results of this incisionless procedure are simply beautiful. In a perfect world, there would be no need for surgery. However, the reality is that many of us—at some point in our lives—will have to go under the knife. Thankfully as technology and research progress, innovative ways to minimize pain, scarring and overall invasiveness of surgical procedures become accessible. If you are suffering from chronic acid reflux, consider the incisionless TIF procedure.
Shorter hospital stay. While we are all grateful for the hard work of our compassionate nurses and doctors, being laid up in a hospital bed isn’t at the top of anyone’s “To Do List.” A typical hospital stay for traditional antireflux surgery can last up to three days. The average patient receiving the TIF procedure is able to go home the next day.
Less pain and faster recovery. Pain is always a huge concern when undergoing any medical procedure. Patients who have undergone TIF experience little pain, some even saying it feels “no worse than a hangnail.” Rather than missing weeks of work and normal activities, TIF patients report being able to resume typical routines within days of the procedure.
No visible scars. Scars are, for many people, unsightly reminders of something they’d rather not remember. TIF is an exciting procedure because it is done without creating any abdominal incisions. Under general anesthesia, a tubular device is inserted through the patient’s mouth, down to the junction of the stomach and esophagus, where the valve that prevents stomach acid from backing up into the esophagus is reconstructed. This FDA-approved method leaves the patient with no scars.
If you are currently experiencing chronic acid reflux, you could be a candidate for TIF. Learn more about how TIF could be the solution you’ve been looking for.