Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), is a common disease impacting 40% of Americans. It is a chronic condition caused by changes in the gastroesophageal valve that allows acid to flow back from the stomach into the esophagus.
GERD can lead to short-term bothersome symptoms like burning sensation in the chest (heartburn), regurgitation of food or sour liquid (acid reflux) and difficulty swallowing (dysphagia). More importantly, GERD can lead to serious health consequences if it is not detected and treated early on.
Patients suffering from heartburn or acid reflux can now benefit from state of the art diagnosis using Bravo technology and advanced treatment of heartburn with incisionless same-day surgery, or TIF; and LINX, a small implant that can support acid suppression therapy – all right here in Door County!
What is GERD? Watch this quick video for an explanation.
The Bravo™ reflux testing system is an advanced technology that can help identify the cause of your symptoms. Bravo monitors acid content in your esophagus while you continue your regular daily activities and diet. The testing process is comfortable, and the results can help your doctor better understand your symptoms and make confident decisions about your treatment plan.
Here’s how it works:
1. A small pH capsule is temporarily attached to the wall of your esophagus.
2. You continue your regular daily activities and diet over the course of 48-96 hours.
3. The capsule transmits pH data to the Bravo unit.
Alternatively, we also offer the traditional catheter based pH monitoring, but the Bravo system is easier, less invasive, more comfortable, and can attain more accurate results.
The Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) is a minimally invasive treatment for GERD that is performed in the outpatient setting. The TIF procedure is performed from inside your stomach without incisions. This procedure is similar to conventional procedures, but is less invasive, has fewer adverse effects, and does not limit future treatment options. With millions of Americans diagnosed with GERD and not fully satisfied with their treatment options, the TIF procedure offers an alternative that is scientifically backed with many studies and is covered by many insurance plans.
The TIF procedure is based on established principles of surgical repair of the anti-reflux barrier, except that it is “surgery from within” performed through the mouth with an endoscope—the same equipment used to diagnose gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The procedure reduces a hiatal hernia and rebuilds the valve between the stomach and esophagus restoring the natural, physiological anatomy to prevent GERD.
Watch this video for a detailed explanation of the TIF procedure.
Because the procedure is incisionless, there is reduced pain, reduced recovery and no visible scar.
TIF procedure offers patients an effective treatment option to correct the underlying cause of GERD. Studies show that for up to three years after the TIF procedure, esophageal inflammation (esophagitis) is eliminated and most patients are able to stop using daily medications to control symptoms.
Call to make an appointment for a consultation regarding your heartburn or reflux: 920-746-1060
BravoTM Risk Information: The following are transient side effects that may be expected after treatment: chest pain, difficulty swallowing, painful swallowing, throat pain, and/or fever. Complications observed at a very low frequency include: mucosal laceration, minor and major acute bleeding, stricture, perforation, cardiac arrhythmia, pleural effusion, aspiration, and infection. Potential complications that have not been observed include: death. Please consult a physician for further information.
Important Notice on TIF: While clinical studies support the effectiveness of TIF (Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication) in treating chronic GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), individual results may vary. There are no guarantees of successful outcome. The TIF surgery may not be appropriate for every individual, and it may not be applicable to your condition. The individual opinions of previous TIF surgery patients presented on this page do not reflect the opinions of EndoGastric Solutions, Inc., and should not be considered as medical advice. Always ask your doctor about all treatment options, as well as their risks and benefits. Only your doctor can determine whether the TIF surgery is appropriate for your situation.