Evolution and Outcome of Eight Patients Undergoing Treatment of Gastroesophageal Disease by EsophyX

Background: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is arguably the most common disease encountered by the gastroenterologist. It is mainly caused by defects in the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) that induces spontaneous transient LES relaxations (tLESRs). This is a chronic condition with typical and atypical, sometimes troublesome manifestations requiring long term treatment. Anti-reflux surgery is an alternative… 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 »

Impact of transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) on subjective and objective GERD indices: a systematic review of the published literature

BACKGROUND: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) remains a significant problem for the medical community. Many endoluminal treatments for GERD have been developed with little success. Currently, transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) attempts to recreate a surgical fundoplication through placement of full-thickness polypropylene H-fasteners. This, the most recent procedure to gain FDA approval, has shown some promise in… Read more »

Endoscopic fundoplication for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease: Initial experience

OBJECTIVE: Transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) is a promising approach for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) that may decrease morbidity compared with conventional anti reflux procedures. We report our initial experience with this minimally invasive approach. METHODS: Over a 24-month period, 46 patients (mean age, 49 years; 50% female) underwent 48 TIF procedures. All procedures were performed… Read more »