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Individuals suffering from severe, chronic heartburn or acid reflux now have a new surgical treatment option offered at Marian Regional Medical Center. The new incisionless procedure, using the innovative EsophyX® device, is the latest treatment for safely and effectively treating chronic Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease which is also commonly referred to as GERD.
This incision-less surgical procedure is performed by inserting a special scope equipped with built-in instruments through the mouth and down the esophagus. The scope is then used to reconstruct the natural valve from existing tissue between the stomach and esophagus to prevent stomach fluid from refluxing up into the esophagus. The procedure typically takes less than one hour, requires an overnight stay in the hospital and most patients can return to work the next day or within a few days. Because the procedure is incisionless, there are no visible scars and the risk of adverse effects is reduced. For more information, please visit this site.
EsophyX TIF has been proven safe in use in thousands of procedures worldwide. The new procedure is expected to be safer than traditional surgery since there are no incisions on any organs or outside the skin. Due to no incisions, patients experience reduced pain, shorter recovery time and no visible scar.
Two-year clinical study results show that 79 percent of patients completely stopped taking their heartburn medications after having the procedure and clinical trials also showed that after the procedure, most patients had the ability to eat and drink foods they avoided prior to the procedure.
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