New Device Treats Acid Reflux Leaving No Scars
A new device at Silver Cross Hospital is helping patients with GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) manage their symptoms without medications. The TIF procedure (transoral incisionless fundoplication) is performed through the patient’s mouth.
The TIF procedure has become an established treatment, and Silver Cross recently acquired the latest technology, the EsophyX Z device. The EsophyX Z technology is used to reconstruct the antireflux valve between the esophagus and stomach. The antireflux valve opens and closes to allow food to pass into the stomach, but it also acts as a barrier to acid in the stomach from getting into the throat and causing acid reflux.
Once patients are unable to control GERD symptoms on medications, their only treatment option had been to consider traditional surgery performed laparoscopically with small incisions in the patient’s abdomen. The TIF procedure, similar to an endoscopy, is done through the mouth, which decreases recovery time.
Dr. Kamran Ayub, board certified gastroenterologist and Medical Director of the Advanced Endoscopy Center at Silver Cross Hospital, has been performing the TIF procedure since 2008. “It is an incisionless surgery and is great for many patients with GERD,” he said. “I think it is an important tool in our fight against reflux disease.”
Dr. Ayub said most patients who have had the procedure do well afterwards. “There are some patients that do require surgery and others that can be treated with medication, but for a lot of patients, the TIF procedure fills the gap to control GERD symptoms,” he said. “Anyone with moderate to severe reflux disease is a candidate for the TIF procedure. Also, anyone who cannot tolerate antireflux medication, who are young, has side effects from these medications, or does not want to take these medications for other reasons should consider the procedure.”
On June 8, Dr. Ayub will discuss recent advancements in the endoscopic management of heartburn and reflux such as the TIF procedure performed through the mouth leaving no scars . Learn more at this free program that will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., New Lenox. Register online.