Transoral incisionless fundoplication, or TIF procedure, is an advanced endoscopic procedure that provides relief from heartburn and acid reflux symptoms that are associated with chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). After the TIF procedure many patients are also able to stop their chronic reflux medications. East Cooper General Surgeons now provide the TIF procedure in Mt. Pleasant, SC as a way to treat patients suffering from GERD without surgery. This can result in a shorter treatment time, less pain, and a faster recovery than with traditional laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery.
During the TIF procedure, the patient is placed under general anesthesia and an endoscopic device is fed through the mouth and into the stomach. Using this device the physician are able to repair and recreate the lower esophageal valve, (the body’s natural barrier to acid reflux) with the aid of small fasteners without surgical incisions.
After the procedure, the patient will follow a diet that gradually transitions from liquids to solids as the restored valve heals, which generally takes four to six weeks. TIF procedure patients can return to work within a few days of the procedure as long as their job doesn’t require a lot of physical exertion. Heavy lifting or strenuous exercise should be avoided until approved by their physician.