Long-term reported outcomes of transoral incisionless fundoplication: an 8-year cohort study

BACKGROUND: Transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) offers an endoscopic approach to the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Controlled trials have demonstrated the short-term efficacy of this procedure, but long-term follow-up studies are lacking. The objective of this study was to evaluate the long-term impact of TIF on disease-specific quality of life and antisecretory medication use.… Read more »

The Spectrum of Surgical Remediation of Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication-Related Failures

AIM: To evaluate outcomes of surgical remediation for symptomatic or anatomic failure after a transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF). METHODS: This retrospective study was performed on 11 patients who underwent a remedial operation following TIF failure between June 2011 and September 2016 at the Mayo Clinic in Florida for persistent foregut symptoms. Upper gastrointestinal workup characterized… Read more »

Transoral incisional fundoplication for reflux after peroral endoscopic myotomy: a crucial addition to our arsenal

INTRODUCTION: Increased esophageal acid exposure is seen in a large percentage of patients with achalasia who undergo peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM). Endoscopic transoral fundoplication (TIF) is a novel endoscopic technique for the management of patients with chronic gastroesophageal reflux (GERD). We present the first case series evaluating the role of TIF post-POEM. METHODS: Consecutive patients… Read more »

Transoral fundoplication for gastroesophageal reflux disease

Transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) has recently been proved to be an effective therapeutic option as an alternative to medical and surgical therapy. TIF reconfigures the tissue to obtain a full-thickness gastro-esophageal valve from inside the stomach, through serosa-to-serosa plications including the muscle layers. Current issues about TIF refer to: (I) the capability of the procedure… Read more »

Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF 2.0): A Meta-Analysis of Three Randomized, Controlled Clinical Trials.

Abstract: The TIF procedure has emerged as an endoscopic treatment for patients with refractory gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD). Previous systematic reviews of the TIF procedure conflated findings from studies with modalities that do not reflect the current 2.0 procedure technique or refined data-backed patient selection criteria. A meta-analysis was conducted using data only from randomized… Read more »

Management options for patients with GERD and persistent symptoms on proton pump inhibitors: recommendations from an expert panel

BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to assess expert gastroenterologists’ opinion on treatment for distinct gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) profiles characterized by proton pump inhibitor (PPI) unresponsive symptoms. METHODS: Fourteen esophagologists applied the RAND/UCLA Appropriateness Method to hypothetical scenarios with previously demonstrated GERD (positive pH-metry or endoscopy) and persistent symptoms despite double-dose PPI therapy… Read more »

Efficacy of transoral incisionless fundoplication for refractory gastroesophageal reflux disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis

BACKGROUND: Given poor symptomatic response rates and rising awareness of the adverse events associated with the long-term use of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), endoscopic modalities for treatment of refractory gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) have become more prominent. The aim of this study was to perform a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate feasibility, efficacy, and… Read more »