Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) in Illinois

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Transoral incisionless fundoplication, sometimes referred to as the TIF procedure, is a minimally invasive treatment for GERD (gastroesophogeal reflux disease). Fundoplication is a surgical procedure where the lining of the upper stomach (fundus) and esophagus are adjusted to restore normal function at the gastroesophageal junction (the meeting point between the esophagus and stomach). The TIF procedure is performed without incisions or metal implants and may result in a short recovery period. To receive more information regarding TIF treatment in Chicago, IL, Peoria, IL, or Normal, IL, we recommend that you contact GI Alliance of Illinois to consult with a TIF-trained specialist.

Acid reflux (or heartburn) is a common, and oftentimes painful symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease. The main goal of the TIF procedure is to help reduce the recurrence of acid reflux (or other symptoms) suffered by the individual. TIF, provided in Illinois, may be recommended for those who:

  • Live with acid regurgitation, chronic heartburn, or other GERD symptoms.
  • Have GERD symptoms that are resistant to medication, diet, and lifestyle changes
  • Do not have hiatal hernias larger than a 1-inch diameter or who do not have hiatal hernias at all
  • Prefer to avoid any potential long-term side-effects of medication

As part of an initial meeting, a GI Alliance of Illinois gastrointestinal provider will be able to review your concerns and options for treatment and help you determine if the TIF procedure is the most promising solution for you.

TIF is conducted under anesthesia to ensure your comfort. The procedure is accomplished with the help of an endoscope combined with the TIF device that manages the fundoplication piece. The endoscope is passed through the TIF device and fitted into the esophagus through the mouth. Utilizing the TIF device, the doctor wraps the bottom of the esophagus down around the upper part of the stomach and then securely attaches the tissue in place.

There are some risks and side effects with the TIF procedure, just as there are with all medical procedures. Typical side effects of this procedure can include a sore throat, temporary loss of voice, temporary difficulty swallowing, a reaction to anesthesia, and nausea. Though some of the painful side effects of the procedure are quite common, they often resolve very soon after surgery with no intervention. Risks related to the procedure may include being under the age of 18, being overweight, and a personal diagnosis with a large hiatal hernia.

It is important to consult with your provider in Illinois about any concerns you may have related to any possible risks of having the TIF procedure performed.

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If you deal with the effects of chronic acid reflux and are looking for treatment options, the TIF procedure might be the solution. At GI Alliance of Illinois, we know how uncomfortable chronic acid reflux can be and our skilled gastroenterology providers are here to help you find relief. For more information about transoral incisionless fundoplication or to locate a TIF-trained provider in Illinois, we urge you to contact our GI specialists today to request a consultation.

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