TIF - Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication

We are proud to offer the Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) procedure for the treatment of GERD.

Have you ever wondered if there could be a permanent solution for your reflux, heartburn or regurgitation that does not involve taking medications or changing your diet? Now there is!

We are proud to offer the Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) procedure for the treatment of GERD.

Many patients take reflux medications such as PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) to suppress acid production and help relieve their heartburn symptoms. However, they are still unable to eat the foods they want or have to sleep sitting up to reduce nighttime reflux. In addition, recent studies have shown that long term use of PPIs can lead to inadequate absorption of minerals such as calcium, leading to bone fractures. PPIs can also interact with other prescription medications reducing their efficacy.  

In a healthy patient, there is a natural valve between the esophagus and the stomach that forms a physical barrier preventing stomach fluids from backwashing, or “refluxing,” up into the esophagus. This valve becomes dysfunctional in a patient with chronic GERD. The TIF procedure reconstructs the valve between the esophagus and the stomach to prevent reflux. It is based on the same well proven principles of conventional and more invasive laparoscopic GERD surgery. TIF’s advantage is that it is ‘surgery from within’ performed transorally (through the mouth). Clinical studies show that two years after the TIF procedure nearly 80% of patients are off their daily reflux medications and can eat and drink foods and beverages they avoided for many years.

Because the procedure is incisionless, there is reduced pain, no visible scar and most patients can get back to their normal activities within a few days. Currently, Dr. Sameer Islam is the only gastroenterologist in the area who performs this procedure.

With millions of Americans diagnosed with GERD and not fully satisfied with their treatment options, the TIF procedure offers an excellent alternative, allowing most patients to be off their medications for life.

If you think you may be interested, please call our office at Southwest Gastroenterology at (806)-761-0747 to make an appointment.