EsophyX® Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF)

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A weak valve between the esophagus and stomach can let acid and food reflux or back up into the throat, leading to irritation and pain. Fundoplication is surgery in which the upper part of the stomach is wrapped around the lower part of the esophagus, and sutured or sewn in place. This repairs the valve to restore the body’s natural protection against reflux.

The EsophyX is a device that enables a totally incisionless fundoplication, or TIF. The procedure and recovery time are shorter, and patients usually have fewer side effects than with traditional fundoplication surgery.

How a TIF is Performed

  1. An EsophyX TIF procedure is done under general anesthesia. It usually takes less than an hour. The doctor places an endoscope (a thin tube with a camera) and the EsophyX device through the mouth and into the esophagus.
  2. The doctor can see the valve through the endoscope. The doctor uses the EsophyX to form a new valve by folding stomach tissue around the esophagus and inserting small plastic fasteners to hold it in place.
  3. After surgery, many people can go home the next day and return to work and normal activities within a few days. Patients are on a modified diet until the valve heals. There is usually some discomfort in the stomach chest, nose, and throat for up to seven days after surgery.

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