More than seven million people in the United States suffer from symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Medical City Arlington is now offering a new procedure to relieve patients from the daily pain and discomfort of the condition that causes chronic heartburn and regurgitation. The transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) is a minimally invasive surgical treatment performed in an outpatient setting.
“Medical City Arlington is committed to the care and improvement of human life,” said Keith Zimmerman, CEO of Medical City Arlington. “This procedure allows us to provide patients in Arlington and the North Texas region with leading edge treatment that improves quality of life.”
Instead of using laparoscopy or open abdominal incisions, doctors perform the TIF procedure through the patient’s mouth, making the recovery quick and without scars. Unlike conventional procedures used to treat GERD, TIF does not limit a patient from future treatment options, if needed. The procedure is also intended to eliminate the need for reflux medication.
Jason Harrison, MD, specializes in general surgery and became the first Medical City Arlington physician to perform the TIF procedure.
“The TIF procedure is a good alternative to long term medication for individuals suffering from GERD,” said Dr. Harrison. “It allows patients to receive relief without having to take medication throughout their life.”