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GERD and Endoscopic Bariatrics

GERD Quick Facts

  • GERD is the most common gastrointestinal related diagnosis made by physicians during clinical visits in the U.S.
  • It is estimated that pain and discomfort from acid reflux impacts over 80 million people at least once per month in the U.S.
  • One out of five people experience heartburn or acid regurgitation on a weekly basis

What is GERD?

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is caused by the backward flow of stomach acid into the tube that connects your throat to your stomach (esophagus). The leading side effect of GERD is a burning sensation in the chest area, commonly referred to as heartburn. Other symptoms include: difficulty swallowing, indigestion, and a sensation of a lump in your throat.

GERD is more likely to occur in individuals who:

  • Are overweight or obese
  • Are pregnant
  • Smoke regularly
  • Take medications like: antihistamines, painkillers, and antidepressants

GERD and Acid Reflux

Acid reflux is a condition that occurs when stomach acids and other stomach contents back up into the esophagus. GERD is a more sever, chronic form of acid reflux. In some cases, acid reflux can progress into GERD and patients experience more severe symptoms. Experiencing heartburn regularly as well as regurgitation of food or sour are two common symptoms for both acid reflux and GERD.

Treating GERD

Sometimes lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise can alleviate many of the symptoms of GERD. However, for chronic GERD patients, minimally invasive surgery options may be the best option to minimize symptoms.

When left untreated, reflux can lead to serious conditions. You should consult your doctor if you regularly experience reflux or heartburn.

TIF Procedure

No More Reflux, No Incisions

The Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) procedure is a minimally invasive approach that may help the root cause of reflux. This procedure uses the EsophyX™ device to reconstruct an anti-reflux valve to restore the body’s natural protection against reflux. With TIF, there are no incisions needed, which leads to a faster recovery time compared to traditional surgeries.

  • Click here to learn more about the TIF procedure and benefits.

Endoscopic Procedures

Endoscopic procedures are less invasive than traditional metabolic & bariatric operations. Instead of making incisions, a flexible scope is inserted through the mouth, to access the stomach. Endoscopic procedures achieve the same goal as traditional weight –loss surgeries, which is reducing the calories that the body can absorb. The recovery time from endoscopic metabolic & bariatric procedures is significantly less than traditional weight loss surgeries. Often times endoscopic bariatric patients are able to return to normal activities the next day.

The endoscopic platform can also be used to address complications of prior bariatric procedures for the treatment of weight re-gain, development of fistulas and ulcers.

Endoscopic Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Options

Incisionless Approach to Weight Loss

Intragastric Balloon

  • The intragastric balloon procedure is performed by inserting a saline-filled balloon into the patient’s stomach. The balloon is partially inflated once implanted into the stomach which limits the amount of food a patient can eat, making them feel fuller faster.
  • This procedure is performed in an outpatient setting and patients are able to go home within hours after the procedure.
  • The gastric balloon is left in place for six months and then must be removed.

Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty

  • The Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty involves no incisions and is performed on an outpatient basis. A microscopic camera is inserted through the mouth and into the stomach then a suturing device is used to reduce the stomach’s capacity.
  • The recovery time for this procedure ranges from 1 – 3 days.

Endoscopic Revision of Previous Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery

  • Endoscopic Revision is a procedure that may fix the problems that can arise from a previous gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy.
  • If you have had metabolic & bariatric surgery in the past and struggle with weight regain or other concerns this option may be right for you.

Is Endoscopic Bariatric Surgery Right for Me?

  • Ideal candidates should have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 or more and attempted weight loss with diet and exercise. Patients who have had previous weight loss surgery may also be candidates.
  • Patients should commit to a healthier lifestyle in order to gain the full benefits of their procedure. A healthy diet and regular exercise are vital to sustaining results after endoscopic bariatric surgery.
  • Attend an online information session to see what options may be right for you.

Learn more by watching our online information session video.

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