Incision Free Surgery for GERD
Surgery without an incision is now a possibility to help cure heartburn and acid reflux. The new Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication procedure or TIF® using the innovative EsophyX® device for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is now available from Dr. Brian Binetti at Northern Dutchess Hospital. With millions of Americans diagnosed with GERD and not fully satisfied with their treatment options, Northern Dutchess Hospital is on the cutting edge by offering this alternative.
In a healthy patient, there is a natural valve between the esophagus and the stomach that forms a physical barrier preventing stomach fluids from backwashing, or "refluxing," up into the esophagus. "In a patient with chronic GERD, this valve has become dysfunctional," explained Dr. Binetti.
EsophyX is based on established principles of surgical repair of the antireflux barrier, except that it is "surgery from within" performed transorally (through the mouth). The TIF procedure reduces hiatal hernia and creates a valve between the stomach and esophagus restoring the natural, physiological anatomy to prevent gastroesophageal reflux. Because the procedure is incisionless, there is reduced pain, reduced recovery and no visible scar.
This procedure represents the next step in the evolution of surgery. Laparoscopy reduced the skin incisions typical of open surgery to a minimally invasive three-to-five port holes. However, laparoscopy still involves the same internal incisions and organ dissection as open surgery. EsophyX TIF requires neither internal incisions nor dissection. It lowers the hurdle for receiving an anatomical restoration of the antireflux barrier and allows earlier intervention.
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