Incisionless Treatment for GERD
Gastroenterologists at St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart were the first specialists in Northern Indiana to provide effective treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) using a new procedure called TIF®. TIF, which stands for Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication, uses the innovative EsophyX® device, which allows for incisionless reconstruction and repair of the gastroesophageal junction - an anatomical solution that helps those who no longer benefit from reflux medications.
The EsophyX TIF procedure is based on established principles of surgical repair of the antireflux barrier, except that it is "surgery from within" performed transorally (through the mouth). The procedure reduces hiatal hernia and creates a valve between the stomach and esophagus restoring the natural, physiological anatomy to prevent gastroesophageal reflux. Because the procedure is incisionless, there is reduced pain, reduced recovery, and no visible scar.
For the millions of Americans diagnosed with GERD and not fully satisfied with their treatment options, this procedure offers an excellent alternative. It generally takes less than one hour and most patients can go home the next day and return to work and most normal activities within a few days.