Here is some additional information that may help prepare you for the TIF procedure: what to expect before, during, and after TIF surgery.
Before TIF Surgery
Because the surgery is performed under general anesthesia, preparation is similar to other such surgeries. Specifically, patients must refrain from eating and drinking for several hours prior to the procedure.
During the Surgery
TIF surgery is performed under general anesthesia. TIF generally takes less than an hour, depending upon the anatomy of the patient. The surgeon uses the EsophyX device to repair the antireflux valve.
The EsophyX device and an endoscope are introduced together through the patient’s mouth and moved into the esophagus. The endoscope lets the surgeon see what he or she is doing. The surgeon uses the EsophyX device to reconstruct the antireflux valve. This involves wrapping the upper portion of the stomach around the damaged lower portion of the esophagus and securing it with poly-propylene fasteners. The fasteners are left in place to secure the newly constructed valve while healing occurs.
After TIF Surgery
Most patients can return home the same or following day and can resume going to work and participating in most ordinary activities within a few days. However, patients should expect to experience some minor discomfort in their stomach, chest, nose, and/or throat for up to three to seven days after the procedure.
A patient should comply with his/her surgeon’s recommendations after the procedure to allow for proper healing. Retching, vomiting, or excessive physical activity within approximately four weeks after the procedure may adversely affect the surgical repair. The surgeon or other healthcare professional may also recommend following a modified diet during that time.
Specific instructions will vary patient-to-patient and at the surgeon’s discretion. For best results, it is highly recommended to fully follow surgeon instructions.
For more information about the TIF procedure, please use the Physician Locator to consult a qualified TIF physician.