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07 January 2021
Digestive health and wellbeing
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Transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) is an advanced endoscopy procedure that provides relief from acid reflux (heartburn) symptoms associated with chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Our skilled gastroenterologists offer TIF as a way to treat GERD without surgery.

Image giving the impression of a man suffering heartburn

Dr Rehan Haidry, consultant gastroenterologist at The London Clinic, comments in a recent Daily Mail article on this revolutionary scalpel-free procedure that strengthens weak muscles in the oesophagus to cure chronic heartburn. The hour-long procedure closes gaps between the oesophagus and the stomach and, with no cuts to the body, it cures heartburn and leaves patients scar-free. 

“You're trying to do two things here – improve quality of life by getting rid of debilitating symptoms, and keeping the oesophagus safe for the future,” says Dr Haidry.

“There's no surgical incision, it's a day-case operation, it doesn't cause the same problems with gas and swallowing that standard treatment does, and the data shows it's durable for at least five years.”

Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease affects one in five Britons and can be extremely debilitating. It occurs when stomach acid and other liquids travel up to the back of the throat due to a weakness in the valve that separates the stomach and the oesophagus. It can lead to ‘Barrett’s oesophagus’, which is when the lining is damaged by stomach acids. This can be a precursor to cancer and requires close monitoring.

For the many people who have to rely on proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) to prevent the stomach creating too much acid, this revolutionary and rapid procedure is a welcome reprieve. It involves carefully inserting a stitching device, which is guided down via the mouth to the point between the oesophagus and the stomach. There, it creates a new valve to prevent any acid entering the oesophagus.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Read the full article in the Daily Mail

Book an appointment with The London Clinic’s JAG-accredited Endoscopy Unit via telephone +44 (0)20 3219 3290 or via our online enquiry form.

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