Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication Effective in Eliminating GERD Symptoms in Partial Responders to Proton Pump Inhibitor Therapy at 6 Months: The TEMPO Randomized Clinical Trial

BACKGROUND: Incomplete control of troublesome regurgitation and extraesophageal manifestations of chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a known limitation of proton pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy. This multicenter randomized study compared the efficacy of transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) against PPIs in controlling these symptoms in patients with small hiatal hernias. METHODS: Between June and August 2012,… Read more »

Long-term cost-effectiveness of medical, endoscopic and surgical management of gastroesophageal reflux disease

BACKGROUND: The long-term cost effectiveness of medical, endoscopic, and operative treatments for adults with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) remains unclear. We sought to estimate the cost effectiveness of medical, endoscopic, and operative treatments for adults with GERD who require daily proton pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy. METHODS: A Markov model was generated from the payer’s perspective… Read more »

Esophgeal Perforation and Bilateral Empyema Following Endoscopic EsophyX Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication

Transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) has been used for endoscopic treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). TIF using the EsophyX device system (EndoGastric Solutions) was designed to create a full-thickness valve at the gastroesophageal junction through the insertion of multiple fasteners; it improves GERD, reduces proton pump inhibitor use, and improves quality of life. Although TIF… Read more »

Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication: 2 Year Results from the Prospective Multicenter U.S. study

ABSTRACT The aim of this study was to assess prospectively 2-year outcomes of transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) in a multicenter setting. A 14 center U.S. registry was designed to evaluate the effects of the TIF 2.0 procedure on chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in over 100 patients. Primary outcome was symptom assessment. Secondary outcomes were proton pump inhibitor (PPI)… Read more »

Efficacy of Transoral Fundoplication for Treatment of Chronic Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Incompletely Controlled With High-Dose PPI Therapy: a Randomized, Multicenter, Open Label, Crossover Study

BACKGROUND: The aim of this randomized, crossover study was to determine if transoral fundoplication (TF) could further improve clinical outcomes in partial responders to high-dose (HD) proton-pump inhibitor (PPI) therapy and to evaluate durability of TF. METHODS: In seven United States centers, patients with hiatal hernia ≤ 2 cm and abnormal esophageal acid exposure (EAE)… Read more »

Univariate and multivariate analyses of preoperative factors influencing symptomatic outcomes of transoral fundoplication

Background: Preoperative factors predicting symptomatic improvement after transoral fundoplication (TF) in chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) patients with persistent symptoms on proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) therapy have not been elucidated fully. Methods: Univariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses were performed on data from 158 consecutive patients who underwent TF with the EsophyX device between January 2010… Read more »

Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication: Is It as Safe and Efficacious as a Nissen or Toupet Fundoplication?

Abstract: Transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) was U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved in 2007 to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), but comparative data are lacking. This study was undertaken to compare outcomes for patients with GERD undergoing TIF versus laparoscopic Nissen or Toupet fundoplications. We undertook a case-controlled study of three cohorts of 20 patients undergoing TIF or laparoscopic Nissen… Read more »

Transoral incisionless fundoplication for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease

Abstract: Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a common and costly chronic medical condition affecting millions of patients. It is associated with substantial morbidity and negatively impacts quality of life. Reflux of gastric contents into the esophagus damages the esophageal mucosa and is associated with conditions including esophagitis and esophageal stricture. While GERD is most commonly… Read more »

The effects of transoral incisionless fundoplication on chronic GERD patients: 12-month prospective multicenter experience

PURPOSE: This study aimed to assess the impact of transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) on patients with chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) at 12-month follow-up. METHODS: Clinical outcomes of 100 consecutive patients with chronic GERD who underwent TIF between January 2010 and February 2011 were analyzed. RESULTS: There were no major complications reported. Esophageal acid exposure… 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 »