Heartburn & Reflux Relief Center
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic condition caused by changes in the
gastroesophageal valve that allows acid to flow back from the stomach into the esophagus.
Symptoms include burning sensation in the chest, regurgitation of food or sour liquid and
difficulty swallowing. Treatment for GERD varies according to the severity of the symptoms
and the individual. Many GERD sufferers can benefit from anti-reflux surgery. South Coast
Global Medical Center offers the Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) procedure as a
way to treat GERD.
Differences between TIF and conventional surgery include:
Incisionless Approach: TIF does not require any incisions, which means less
discomfort, faster recovery and no abdominal incisions.
No Dissection: Laparoscopic surgery requires dissection which can increase the risk of
complications and adhesions as well as recovery time.