Long-term efficacy of transoral incisionless fundoplication with Esophyx (Tif 2.0) and factors affecting outcomes in GERD patients followed for up to 6 years: a prospective single-center study

BACKGROUND: Transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) with the EsophyX™ device creates an antireflux valve with good functional results inpatients with gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). The aim of this study was to assess the long-term effect of TIF 2.0 on pathological reflux and symptoms in GERD patients with daily dependence on proton pump inhibitors (PPI). METHODS: Fifty… Read more »

Transoral incisionless fundoplication for treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease in clinical practice

BACKGROUND: Transoral incisionless fundoplication is a recently introduced endoluminal technique for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The objective of this study was to determine outcomes in chronic GERD patients who were referred for surgical management. METHODS: A cohort of 38 patients underwent transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) in a tertiary care setting. Pre- and… Read more »

Transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF 2.0) with EsophyX for gastroesophageal reflux disease: long-term results and findings affecting outcome

INTRODUCTION: Transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) with the EsophyX(™) device is reported to be effective for creating a continent gastroesophageal valve and for good functional results, as measured by pH impedance in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The aim of this study is to assess the long-term effect of TIF in patients with symptomatic GERD.… Read more »

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 »

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 »

Functional Lumen Imaging Probe to Assess Geometric Changes in Esophagogastric Junction Following Endolumenal Fundoplication

¬†BACKGROUND: The functional lumen imaging probe (FLIP) uses impedance planimetry to measure the geometry of a distensible organ. The purpose of this study was to evaluate FLIP as a method to determine structural changes at the gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) following transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) and compare these findings with the accepted methods of esophageal testing.… Read more »

Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication after failed EsophyX fundoplication

BACKGROUND: Reflux control may be ineffective in a substantial number of patients after endoluminal EsophyX fundoplication for gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. Subsequent laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication (LNF) might be required to relieve symptoms. The aim of this study was to evaluate the outcome of LNF after previous EsophyX fundoplication. METHODS: EsophyX failure was defined as recurrence or… Read more »

Effect of transoral incisionless fundoplication on symptoms, PPI use, and pH-impedance refluxes of GERD patients.

BACKGROUND: Three previous studies from the same institution have reported that transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) with the EsophyX device is effective for creating a continent gastroesophageal valve and for good functional results as measured only by pH-metry in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The objective of the present study was to evaluate the effect… Read more »

Gastroesophageal sphincter: a model

Abstract There is substantial experimental and anatomic evidence suggesting that the human lower esophageal sphincter is not a muscular ring but has its correlate in the arrangement of the so-called muscular clasps and oblique sling fibers at the gastroesophageal junction. We assessed the mode of action of these distinct muscle units in a mechanical model.… Read more »

Mechanisms of action of antireflux surgery: theory and fact

Abstract Despite the absence of definitive explanations regarding either the physiologic or surgical factors which curtail gastro-esophageal reflux, effective antireflux operations exist. This article explores the theoretical factors relevant to the surgical control of reflux. These theoretical features include: (1) the pressure, length, and location of the manometrically defined lower esophageal sphincter (LES); (2) the… Read more »