Incisionless Acid Reflux Treatment in Houston

TIF: Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication

TIF (Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication) treats the underlying cause of GERD without incisions. The surgery is performed through the mouth using a device called EsophyX. EsophyX enables the manipulation and plication of tissue around the esophagus to create a partial wrap of the stomach. This is believed to reconstruct the weakened lower esophageal sphincter to prevent acid reflux. The procedure is heavily marketed as a non-surgical alternative to the traditional Nissen Fundoplication.

TIF however is not a Nissen. A key step in Nissen fundoplication surgery is the complete mobilization of the stomach fundus to create a complete wrap. The mobilized and repositioned stomach fundus prevents acid from refluxing into the esophagus. This mechanism is not duplicated by TIF because the stomach fundus cannot be dissected and mobilized during TIF.

Advantages

• Minimal pain
• No scars
• Fast recovery time
• Very few side effects

Disadvantages

• Hiatal hernia cannot be repaired
• Does not reliably stop reflux like a Nissen
• Relatively new procedure with no long-term outcomes

Is TIF surgery appropriate for you?

At Houston Heartburn and Reflux Center, each patient receives a thorough evaluation for heartburn and acid reflux. Depending on your reflux stage, Dr. Darido will recommend the appropriate treatment that suits you best. Reflux disease is a chronic and progressive condition and treatment is tailored accordingly. TIF surgery may be indicated for some patients. Please request an appointment to see if TIF surgery is appropriate for you.