Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) Procedure Specialist in Merced, CA
Get relief from GERD with the TIF procedure. Dr. Alfred Johnson MD offers safe and effective TIF procedures in Merced, CA, and surrounding areas. For more information, call us or schedule an appointment. We are conveniently located at 240 East 13th Street Merced, CA 95341.
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Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication is a type of advanced endoscopy procedure that aims to provide reflex from the medical condition of acid reflux. It is known to be a minimally invasive treatment for the severe type of acid reflux, called gastroesophageal reflux disease, and corrects the root causes of GERD. The root cause of GERD is a defect at the site of the gastroesophageal valve.
This type of procedure is performed in an outpatient clinic, with the goal of restoring the gastroesophageal valve. This procedure can also be performed on patients who need a repair on a hiatal hernia. This treatment involves the use of general anesthesia and is normally performed within an hour. GERD is known to be an uncomfortable diagnosis for patients. GERD can cause irritation of the esophagus, which can lead a patient to suffer from extreme pain and other symptoms.
A doctor who specializes in gastrointestinal procedures, known as a gastroenterologist, performs the TIF procedure. The goal of the procedure is to help create a more supportive and stronger band of tissue that surrounds the area where the stomach meets the esophagus. Dr. Alfred Johnson will start by administering anesthesia medication to their patients in order to have the patient be asleep and unable to feel discomfort during the procedure. Once the patient is asleep, the doctor will insert an instrument called a gastroscope.
A gastroscope is a flexible and thin tube that is inserted through the mouth, down the oral cavity to obtain a clear view of the esophagus and stomach. Once Dr. Alfred Johnson has located the stomach and esophagus, they will use the tools to wrap around the fundus. The fundus is the top part of the stomach that allows for the accumulation of stomach gasses that are produced by chemical digestion. The doctor will continue by deploying a special fastener to secure the newly created valve.
The TIF procedure is not considered major surgery. Major surgery is considered to be an invasive operation, where a more extensive resection is involved. This procedure is not known to last for more than an hour. This kind of procedure can be performed in a hospital or outpatient clinic. Most patients are discharged after the procedure within 24 hours, along with special instructions on what to do if unwanted symptoms arise, and when to contact their doctor.
This procedure involves no incisions being made, which means reduced recovery, and no negative side effects related to the wound created from a surgical procedure. This procedure is considered to not be a major surgery also for the reason that relates to implants. TIF does not involve the implantation of any devices.
There are many individuals who would be good candidates for this procedure. The first group of individuals is people who are experiencing negative symptoms that are related to GERD. Symptoms of GERD can include, but are not limited to; difficulty swallowing, having a sore throat waking up in the morning, feeling of a lump in your throat, burning sensation in the chest after eating, chest pain, and/or regurgitation of food or liquid. GERD is when the stomach acid flows back into the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach.
Having GERD can irritate the lining of the esophagus and can lead to severe damage along the throat into the esophagus. Another good candidate for a TIF procedure is someone who no longer responds appropriately to the medications they are prescribed for GERD. If someone is diagnosed with GERD, they will most likely take a medication that belongs to the proton-pump inhibitors drug class. A proton-pump inhibitor helps reduce the amount of stomach acid that is produced by the glands within the lining of the stomach. Along with a lot of other medications, a person may develop a tolerance to this medication.
Tolerance to a medication means that it does not work as effectively because the body has become accustomed to it. A person may not find the same relief by taking the medication that they would when they first started taking it. One last kind of person that may be a good candidate for a TIF procedure is a person who is afraid of the long-term effects of taking proton-pump inhibitors, or other GERD medications. Some long-term adverse effects of taking PPIs can be the increased risk of fractures, a Vitamin B12 deficiency, dementia, chronic kidney disease, C-Diff, or pneumonia. Long-term use of PPIs is considered to be eight weeks or longer.
If you are suffering from GERD, and are curious to learn more about a TIF procedure, reach out to our team at Dr. Alfred Johnson Gastro Surgery located in Merced, CA. We are a team of specialists that work very closely with patients suffering from all sorts of gastroesophageal disorders and strive to make every patient start to live a normal life again. For more information, call us or schedule an appointment, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 240 East 13th Street Merced, CA 95341. We look forward to serving you! We serve patients from Merced CA, Atwater CA, Winton CA, Bear Creek CA, Planada CA, Le Grand CA, and Athlone CA.