Comprehensive evaluation of endoscopic fundoplication using the EsophyX device

BACKGROUND: There are limited studies that evaluate the efficacy of endoscopic fundoplication (EF) for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) with the EsophyX™ device, especially with the most recent procedural iteration (TIF-2). This study was a prospective evaluation of our early experience with this device and procedure. METHODS: Data were collected prospectively on 23 consecutive patients undergoing… Read more »

Transoral fundoplication for recurrent gastro-oesophageal reflux disease following previous surgical repair

AIM: Transoral fundoplication has been repeatedly shown to be effective in selected patients suffering from gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD) refractory to conservative treatment. In this series the safety and efficacy of this approach was evaluated in a group of patients suffering from recurrent reflux problems following previous surgical antireflux treatment. PATIENTS AND METHODS: From February… Read more »

Long-term outcomes after transoral incisionless fundoplication in patients with GERD and LPR symptoms

BACKGROUND: A retrospective study evaluated safety, symptom resolution, patient satisfaction, and medication use 1-2 years after transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and/or laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) symptoms. METHODS: Thirty-four patients with a confirmed diagnosis of GERD symptoms that were inadequately controlled by antisecretory medications, and who where either dissatisfied with… 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 »

Short-term safety and symptomatic outcomes of transoral incisionless fundoplication with or without hiatal hernia repair in patients with chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease

BACKGROUND: A retrospective community-based study evaluated the safety and symptomatic outcomes of the transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) procedure with or without hiatal hernia repair (HHR) in patients with chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Forty-eight patients underwent TIF using EsophyX (EndoGastric Solutions, Redmond, WA) in 3 community hospitals. Patients who presented with a… Read more »

Transoral incisionless fundoplication: initial experience in patients referred to an integrated academic institution

Transoral incisionless fundoplication is a new treatment for patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease. We present our initial experience with 10 patients undergoing this procedure with varying past surgical histories. All procedures were performed under general nasotracheal anesthesia. RAND-36 and Visual Analog Scale symptom scores were collected at pre and postoperative appointments for a mean of… Read more »

Transoral rotational esophagogastric fundoplication: technical, anatomical, and safety considerations

BACKGROUND: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) results primarily from the loss of an effective antireflux barrier, which forms a mechanical barrier against the retrograde movement of gastric content. Restoration of the incompetent antireflux barrier is possible by longitudinal and rotational advancement of the gastric fundus about the lower esophagus, creating an esophagogastric fundoplication. This article describes… Read more »

Reflux parameters as modified by EsophyX or laparoscopic fundoplication in refractory GERD

BACKGROUND: EsophyX is a novel transoral incisionless fundoplication device developed to mimic surgical fundoplication. EsophyX fundoplication improves acid reflux parameters in proton pump inhibitor (PPI)-responsive GERD patients but its efficacy in refractory GERD has been scarcely studied. AIM: To assess reflux parameters before and after EsophyX or laparoscopic fundoplication and their relationship with symptoms in… Read more »

Transoral incisionless esophago-gastric fundoplication offers high patient satisfaction and relief of therapy-resistant typical and atypical symptoms of GERD in community practice

This retrospective study evaluated clinical outcomes in 124 consecutive gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) patients who underwent transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) at 2 community hospitals. Out of 123 patients treated successfully, 110 gave consent (74% female, median age 60 [range 21-87] years, body mass index 27.5 [19.0-47.9]). At a median 7-month follow-up (range 5-17), typical and… Read more »