What Is GERD?
Gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD, is a disorder of the digestive tract that develops when acid from your stomach is pushed upwards into your esophagus. This is sometimes called acid reflux, and it’s a common condition that usually doesn’t require any treatment. However, in some people, GERD surgery or acid reflux surgery is needed to control chronic acid reflux and the symptoms it causes, including severe heartburn, chest pain, uncomfortable regurgitation of food or drinks, and trouble swallowing.
How Does Acid Reflux Surgery Treat GERD?
Because GERD is caused by a backflow of stomach acid up into the esophagus and mouth, the goal of GERD surgery is to stop stomach acid from traveling upward. There are a few different surgical techniques used to prevent painful, damaging acid reflux.
These techniques involve either repairing the over-extended portion of the esophagus by reinforcing the area with stomach tissue, inserting magnetic beads to increase resistance in the area between the stomach and the esophagus, or doing a combination of the two techniques. Here at LifeWeigh Bariatrics, we perform an advanced, minimally-invasive acid reflux surgery known as a TIF procedure.
What is the TIF Procedure?
Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication, also known as the TIF procedure, is a laparoscopic surgical treatment for GERD and chronic acid reflux.
The TIF procedure for GERD patients is performed entirely without the need for any exterior incisions, which eliminates the pain and permanent scars that come with traditional open surgery.
Patients who undergo the TIF procedure are placed under general anesthesia for their comfort. The surgeon inserts a flexible endoscope equipped with a surgical tool into the stomach via the mouth in order to achieve a clear view of the surgical site without cutting into the patient.
Once the surgical instrument is in place, the surgeon will then reduce the size of the hiatus, the valve that connects the esophagus to the stomach and the mouth. The TIF procedure also involves wrapping the esophagus to restore the proper angle between the stomach and the mouth in order to prevent reflux.
Contact Us for More Information
To learn more about minimally-invasive laparoscopic GERD surgery and acid reflux surgery using the TIF procedure, contact us here at LifeWeigh Bariatrics in Downers Grove and Hazel Crest, IL.