What is Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication or TIF?
The Transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) is a minimally invasive procedure for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This procedure is performed through the mouth which means you will not have any cuts on your skin. It uses a special device to restore the body’s natural barrier against reflux disease.
How does the TIF Procedure Work?
The TIF procedure reconstructs the antireflux valve where the esophagus and stomach connect. Normally, this special valve opens with each swallow and closes to prevent backflow of stomach content into the esophagus causing troublesome symptoms. In patients with GERD, this valve is defective causing symptoms such as heartburn, bloating, frequent burping, chest pain, sore throat, regurgitation of food, and other atypical symptoms such as cough and asthma.
The conventional laparoscopic antireflux surgery is designed to reconstruct the lower esophagus valve with surgery. With the TIF procedure, we accomplish this valve reconstruction without incisions or scars.
Am I a candidate for TIF?
If you have chronic acid reflux problems and medications barely help, then Yes. If you are also looking for a reflux correction option with no scars, TIF may work. There are some restrictions that apply to the procedure, so Consult a doctor today to find out if TIF is right for you!
What are benefits of the TIF Procedure?
There are multiple benefits to this procedure. It is an outpatient procedure, so no hospital stay, it is affordable, long-lasting, no incisions or skin cuts, minimal pain or discomfort, fewer adverse events and faster recovery. The goal of the Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication Procedure is to alleviate reflux and eliminate the need for daily medication intake for acid reflux. The TIF procedure bridges the treatment gap between medication and more invasive surgery.
What are the risks associated with the TIF procedure?
TIF is a very safe procedure. There have been more than 10,000 procedures done worldwide with no deaths or major complications reported.
How is the recovery after this procedure?
You may experience mild to moderate pain in the first 24-48 hours. Most patients go home the same day after the procedure and may resume normal activities within a week.
Is this procedure covered by my insurance?
Most insurance carriers cover this procedure. However, you may have to verify your policy’s benefit coverage. For Self-pay patients, the price ranges $7300-9000. The cost may vary depending on other factors.
If you have GERD and are interested in learning more about this procedure, consult our surgeons today.