What To Expect
How Is the Procedure Performed?
TIF is performed under general anesthesia and requires patients not to eat or drink for several hours prior to the procedure. The procedure itself generally takes less than an hour, depending upon the anatomy of the patient.
The EsophyX device and an endoscope are introduced together through the patient’s mouth (transorally) and advanced into the esophagus. With visualization provided by the endoscope, the surgeon uses the EsophyX device to reconstruct the antireflux valve by wrapping the stomach’s fundus around the distal esophagus and securing it with poly-propylene fasteners.
How Long Does the Procedure Take?
The procedure typically takes from 30-60 minutes.
After the Procedure
Most patients can go home the following day as well as return to work and most normal activities within a few days. Patients should expect to experience some discomfort in their stomach, chest, nose and throat for 3-7 days after the procedure.
Patient compliance to the surgeon’s post-procedure recommendations allows the surgical repair to properly heal. Retching, vomiting or excessive physical activity within approximately 4 weeks post-operation may adversely affect the surgical repair. Similarly, following a modified diet for approximately 4 weeks is also recommended.
Specific instructions will vary by patient and are at the surgeon’s discretion. For best results, strict adherence to surgeon instructions is highly recommended.