The treatment and management of GERD includes lifestyle changes, medications and in many cases, a medical procedure. Medications do not stop the reflux completely and can have side effects making long-term use problematic. For patients looking for a more permanent solution, the GERD Center at Methodist Hospitals Digestive Center offers these solutions:
Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF)
TIF is an innovative, incisionless, minimally invasive procedure performed using the FDA-cleared EsophyX® device attached to a standard endoscope.
This incisionless procedure greatly reduces the risks associated with blood loss, need for transfusions, surgical infection, and incisional herniation. Many patients go home the next day and resume normal activities within a few days. The TIF procedure offers patients:
Short hospital stays
Reduced patient discomfort
No visible scarring
Methodist Hospitals is one of the few hospitals in Northwest Indiana offering TIF treatment for patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication
Fundoplication is the standard surgical treatment for GERD. Methodist hospitals surgeons can perform fundoplication as a laparoscopic, or minimally invasive procedure that requires only tiny incisions in the stomach. Patients can generally leave the hospital within one to three days after the procedure and return to work in two to three weeks. Not all GERD patients may be candidates for the TIF or Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication procedures. A thorough evaluation by a Methodist Hospitals gastroenterologist and surgeon is required.
Radiofrequency Ablation for Barrett’s Esophagus
A small percentage of people with GERD develop Barrett’s Esophagus, a precancerous change in the cells lining the esophagus that occurs as a result of chronic acid reflux. At the Methodist Hospitals GERD Center, physicians use Radiofrequency Ablation to remove the abnormal cells, allowing for healthy, normal cells to grow back.
GERD Center at Methodist Hospitals Digestive Center
Southlake Campus: Pavilion A, 101 East 87th Ave., Merrillville, IN 46410 • 219-769-GERD (4373)