Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF 2.0): A Meta-Analysis of Three Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trials.

Abstract: The TIF procedure has emerged as an endoscopic treatment for patients with refractory gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). Previous systematic reviews of the TIF procedure conflated findings from studies with modalities that do not reflect the current 2.0 procedure technique or refined data-backed patient selection criteria. A meta-analysis was conducted using data only from randomized… Read more »

The TEMPO Trial at 5 Years: Transoral Fundoplication (TIF 2.0) Is Safe, Durable, and Cost-effective

Background.  Questions remain about the therapeutic durability of transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF). In this study, clinical outcomes were evaluated at 5 years post-TIF 2.0. Methods. A total of 63 chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) sufferers with troublesome symptoms refractory to proton pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy, absent or ≤2 cm hiatal hernia, and abnormal esophageal acid… Read more »

Endoscopic anti-reflux devices (with videos)

BACKGROUND GERD is one of the most common GI diseases, accounting for 7 million annual outpatient visits in the United States.1 Lifestyle modification and medical therapy, including acid-suppressive medications, are first-line treatments for GERD.2,3 In approximately 30% to 40% of patients with GERD, medical therapy provides only partial relief of symptoms.4 Laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery remains… Read more »

Laparoscopic Hiatal Hernia Repair and Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication with EsophyX Device Efficacy and Safety in Two Community Hospitals 99 Patients

Introduction GERD unresponsive to medical therapies can be treated by laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication or endoluminal techniques. We describe our experience using the TIF procedure with the EsophyX device. The TIF procedure is not indicated in patients with a hiatal hernia larger than 2 cm. Performing a hiatal hernia repair (HHR) in those cases will make… Read more »

Endoscopic Fundoplication: Effectiveness for Controlling Symptoms of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

OBJECTIVE: Transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) is a completely endoscopic approach to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). We previously reported our initial results demonstrating safety and early effectiveness. We now present an updated experience describing outcomes with longer follow-up. METHODS: For a three-year period, TIF procedures were performed on 80 patients. Preoperative workup routinely consisted of… Read more »

Proton Pump Inhibitor and Histamine-2 Receptor Antagonist Use and Iron Deficiency

BACKGROUND & AIMS: Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and histamine-2 receptor antagonists (H2RAs) suppress gastric acid production, which can inhibit iron absorption. However, few data exist regarding whether these medications increase the risk of clinical iron deficiency. METHODS: A community-based case-control study evaluated the association between acid-suppressing medication use and the subsequent risk of iron deficiency.… Read more »

Long-term benefit of transoral incisionless fundoplication using the EsophyX device for the management of gastroesophageal reflux disease responsive to medical therapy

Transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) using the EsophyX device has been shown to be effective and safe in patients with Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD); however, the subset of patients that would mostly benefit from this technique remains unknown. The aim of this study was to evaluate the long-term efficacy and safety of the TIF procedure in… Read more »

Proton Pump Inhibitor Use Increases the Associated Risk of First-Time Ischemic Stroke. A Nationwide Cohort Study

Introduction: Use of proton pump inhibitors has been linked with endothelial dysfunction and increased risk of myocardial infarction. Hypothesis: We hypothesize that use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) increases the risk of ischemic stroke. Methods: Using nationwide Danish registries, we performed a retrospective cohort study. We identified all individuals above 30 years, who had an… Read more »

Endoluminal Therapy for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: In Between the Pill and the Knife?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic disease characterized by symptoms of heartburn and acid regurgitation. Uncontrolled GERD can significantly impact quality of life, can lead to complications, and increases the risk of esophageal cancer. Over the past few decades, there has been an increasing prevalence of GERD among adults in Western populations. The use… Read more »

Transoral fundoplication offers durable symptom control for chronic GERD: 3-year report from the TEMPO randomized trial with a crossover arm

BACKGROUND: Four randomized controlled trials have demonstrated the short-term efficacy and safety of transoral esophagogastric fundoplication (TF) performed with the EsophyX®device in eliminating troublesome gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms in well-selected patient populations. The aim of this study was to assess the durability of these outcomes at 3 years post-procedure. METHODS: The TF EsophyX versus Medical… Read more »