EsophyX  TIF Procedure
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What is EsophyX TIF Procedure?

Medical therapies and basic changes in diet can help reduce
symptoms, but the only way to fix the underlying problem that
principles.  EsophyX offers a giant leap in the evolution of
treatment of GERD and Focuses on restoring the natural
anatomy of esophyxTIF the antireflux barrier.

Benefits of EsophyX

  • No external skin incision - No scarring
  • No internal cutting of the anatomy
  • Fewer complications
  • Does not limit future treatment plans

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by Lisa Minic

Do you suffer from chronic acid reflux, also known as GastroEsophageal Reflux
Disease (GERD)?

Is it limiting the foods you can eat or when you can eat?  Does it keep you from sleeping
comfortable, or sleeping at all?  Until recently, there were only two treatment options for
people suffering from GERD:
prescription medication or invasive surgery.  Now there is a third option:  EsophyX TIF, an
incisionless procedure offered by Dr. Alvaro Bada of Port Charlotte, one of the first
doctors to offer the procedure in southwest Florida.

TIF is an endoscopic procedure that tightens the lower portion of the esophagus to
reconstruct the valve between the esophagus and stomach.

The procedure is done under general anesthesia in less than one hour and, in most cases,
requires only an overnight hospital stay.  As opposed to other surgical options, TIF
requires no external or internal incisions, which means no scarring and less chance of
complication or other adverse effects.

While the procedure is minimally invasive, Bada stresses that this procedure is not just for
anyone suffering from heartburn.  We all suffer from occasional heartburn.  One in four
people experience heartburn at least once a month.  For these people, over-the-counter
medications should suffice. Those who experience heart burn at least once a week, might
want to consider a daily prescription medicine.  TIF is meant for patients who experience
severe heartburn and acid reflux several times a week or on a daily basis

   Getting everyday
       life back !!

Following the procedure, Bada said most of his patients resume their normal activity within
three to four days.  However, returning to your normal diet is another story.  In the weeks
immediately following the procedure, patients are asked to follow a strict diet of small
meals consisting of soft foods, adding more and more foods over a 12-week period.  
Patients are told to avoid most raw fruits and vegetables, meats, breads and other foods
with a course texture for at least seven weeks.

According to Bada, "If you suffer from GERD and do not want a lifelong regimen of
medication or do not want to undergo an invasive surgical procedure, incisionless
EsophyX TIF is the best treatment option  available.  Following the procedure, 90% of my
patients no longer take any medications while 85% claim to be completely symptom free."

If you suffer from chronic acid reflux, marked by symptoms such as heartburn, hoarseness
or sore throat, persistent cough, asthma, frequent swallowing, pain or discomfort in the
chest, burning sensation in the throat or mouth or regurgition, call to schedule a