Reflux Surgery

Reflux Surgery

Reflux Surgery
We offer medical management as well as minimally invasive Anti Reflux Surgery, which includes the TIF Procedure, which is an incisionless solution for acid reflux and Nissen Fundoplication, which is a procedure that involves wrapping a part of the stomach around the lower part of the esophagus to treat reflux.
Reflux Surgery
When is the TIF procedure recommended?
TIF is a good solution for adults with moderate-to-severe GERD who experience heartburn symptoms even while on daily medications. You may not need this procedure if your symptoms are controlled by making lifestyle changes or following instructed use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs).
What are the benefits?
There are many benefits to this procedure, including controlling disruptive symptoms and getting off daily heartburn medicine. The TIF procedure is cleared by the FDA and is covered by most insurance companies. Since it is an endoscopic procedure and minimally invasive, it leaves no incisions. This means that there are no metal implants and no gas or bloating following.
Is there any preparation before the procedure?
Since your physician will be working in your esophagus and stomach, it is important not to eat or drink anything for several hours before the exam. Your physician will give you instructions about the use of regular medications, including blood thinners, before the exam. Because of the mild sedation, you are not allowed to drive, operate heavy machinery or make any important decisions immediately following the exam. It’s important to have someone with you to drive you home.
How long is the procedure?
The TIF procedure takes about 30 minutes.
What happens after the procedure?
Most patients can return home the same or following day and resume most ordinary activities within a few days. Patients should expect to experience some minor discomfort following the procedure – sore throat, hoarseness, nausea, difficulty swallowing – but these are all temporary.

Your physician will recommend following a modified diet for several weeks post-procedure. This modified diet will contain phases of graduating texture – clear liquids, full liquids, soft food – introducing each new texture on a schedule. It’s important to follow this diet closely to ensure the new valve heals properly.

Are there any complications or side effects?
The TIF procedure is extremely safe, and there have been no reports of major complications.
How long do the results last?
Many clinical studies have shown that when patients adhere to the recommended post-procedure diet the TIF procedure is considered to be a long-lasting treatment for chronic acid reflux.

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