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Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF®)

If you have persistent symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), your physician may recommend a procedure called transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) to reconstruct the valve between your stomach and esophagus (the passageway between your mouth and stomach). The procedure improves symptom control and reduces medication dependence.

The most advanced, incisionless procedure for safely and effectively treating GERD -- TIF®

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Do you have persistent reflux? It's an extremely common problem that, often, medication and lifestyle changes can't solve. Phoebe has a new non-surgical way to treat it.

We were the first health system in south Georgia to use the TIF procedure, and our experts in Albany and Americus now routinely utilize the procedure with outstanding results.

Improves symptom control and reduces medication dependence.

  • TIF, a highly-effective endoscopic procedure, is a long-term solution to reflux. Doctors use a special TIF device along with an endoscope (a flexible, tube-like instrument inserted into the mouth that can help doctors see inside the body).
  • The TIF device is equipped with grippers and fasteners, which help the doctor repair or re-create the valve so it becomes a better barrier against acid reflux.
  • Because TIF does not involve an incision (cut) as does traditional open or laparoscopic surgery, it may mean a faster, more comfortable recovery.
  • TIF is performed by gastroenterologists (doctors trained to diagnose and treat problems in the gastrointestinal [GI] tract) or surgeons.

How does the procedure work?

Before TIF, treatments for GERD were limited to medications and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), neither of which provided a long-term solution to reflux. See how the TIF procedure works with this step-by-step visual guide.

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