Toomey P, Teta A, Patel K, Ross S, Sukharamwala P, Rosemurgy AS
Am Surg. 2014 Sep;80(9):860-7.


Transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) was U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved in 2007 to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), but comparative data are lacking. This study was undertaken to compare outcomes for patients with GERD undergoing TIF versus laparoscopic Nissen or Toupet fundoplications. We undertook a case-controlled study of three cohorts of 20 patients undergoing TIF or laparoscopic Nissen or Toupet fundoplications from 2010 to 2013 controlling for age, body mass index, and preoperative DeMeester scores. All patients were prospectively followed.

Median data are reported. Patients undergoing TIF had significantly shorter operative times (in minutes: 71 vs 119 and 85, respectively, P\0.001) and length of stay (in days: 1, 2, and 1, respectively, P\0.001). No matter the approach, patients reported dramatic and similar reduction in symptom frequency and severity (e.g., heartburn 8 to 0, P\0.05). At follow-up, 83 percent of patients after TIF, 80 per cent after Nissen, or 92 per cent after Toupet fundoplications had symptoms less than once per month (P 5 0.12). TIF leads to dramatic symptom resolution, similar when compared with Nissen or Toupet fundoplications. TIF promotes shorter operative times and lengths of stay. Patient satisfaction and effective palliation of symptoms show that TIF is safe and efficacious in comparison to Nissen and Toupet fundoplications and support its continued application and evaluation.

Link to abstract on PubMed: Toomey P, et al; Am Surg. 2014 Sep;80(9):860-7.

TIF procedure, Toomey