Choosing the Right Antireflux Surgery
Do you experience symptoms of chronic GERD? Have you tried diet and lifestyle changes, without consistent improvement or symptom resolution? Are you taking medicines to control your GERD symptoms, without adequate relief? Are you concerned about adverse long-term effects from taking these medicines? If you answer yes to these questions, you may already be considering surgery. In this case the next step might be choosing the right antireflux procedure for your situation.
Surgery may be appropriate for those suffering from GERD who:
- Regularly experience troublesome symptoms of GERD
- No longer respond adequately to, or are dissatisfied with, medicines used to treat GERD
- Are concerned about the adverse long-term effects of taking proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and other medicines
The goal of both conventional antireflux surgery and the TIF procedure is to restore the normal antireflux function of the junction between the esophagus and the stomach. For most patients surgery brings long-term relief from their GERD symptoms (see Clinical Results page for more details).
The TIF procedure may not be the most appropriate surgery for all patients. However, it is most appropriate for those suffering from GERD who are considering surgical intervention but are concerned about the potential side effects, complication rate, and mortality of traditional laparoscopic antireflux surgery. The potential side effects can include gas, bloating, difficulty swallowing, and inability to vomit.
To determine if the TIF procedure is right for you, contact a TIF-trained specialist using the Physician Locator.