Answers to these frequently asked questions may help you as you prepare for your EsophyX TIF procedure.
What is EsophyX TIF?
EsophyX TIF is a surgical procedure performed through the mouth, which reconstructs the barrier between the stomach and esophagus to prevent stomach fluids from refluxing up into esophagus. EsophyX TIF is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
EsophyX TIF is involves no incisions, so it has less risk than open surgery, reduced recovery time, and no visible scar.
What can I expect during the EsophyX TIF procedure?
The EsophyX TIF procedure is performed safely, quickly, and comfortably, with no incisions and with minimal recovery time.
While under anesthesia the flexible EsophyX device will be gently lowered through the mouth into the stomach under the visualization of an endoscope “video” placed down the shaft of the device.
Once inside the stomach, the surgeon will manipulate the device to create a tight-sealing valve and hold it in place with suture-like fasteners. The procedure typically lasts no more than 30 to 45 minutes.
What can I expect after treatment?
Most patients can return to work the next day or within a few days following their EsophyX TIF procedure. You will likely experience some manageable discomfort in their chest, nose, throat, and stomach for the first few days to a week.
You will be asked to restrict physical activity for the first week and will be given dietary guidelines to help maximize your success while your new anti-reflux valve heals.
Is EsophyX TIF safe?
EsophyX TIF has been proven safe in use in hundreds of procedures worldwide. The EsophyX TIF procedure is expected to be safer than traditional surgery, which often involves incisions in the skin for access to the organs, and cutting around the organs to free the desired area for suturing.