If you’re among the 20% of Americans who suffer from Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD, you know the impact it can have on your life. Thanks to a weak valve between your stomach and esophagus, stomach acid flows backward, causing painful heartburn and even regurgitation. Reflux can also affect the throat, vocal cords, and lungs, causing coughing, wheezing, bronchitis, pneumonia, and asthma. Over time, these symptoms can lead to serious complications—even cancer.
Now, Dignity Health – St. John’s Regional Medical Center offers a safe procedure to resolve the symptoms of GERD right where they start, at the top of the stomach. Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication, or TIF, is a minimally invasive procedure to treat severe and ongoing acid reflux with greater effectiveness and comfort than other options.