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 »

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 »

Antireflux ‘barriers’: problems with patient recruitment for a new endoscopic antireflux procedure

BACKGROUND: Most first-generation endoscopic antireflux procedures (EARPs) have been withdrawn because of variable success rates, economic considerations, and/or complications. As a result, subsequent methods may meet ‘skepticism’ by physicians and patients. AIMS: To identify potential barriers to patient recruitment for a new EARP METHODS: We prospectively analyzed our recruitment for a phase 2 study of… Read more »