Gastroesophageal reflux disease is deceptively complex

Typical GERD may cause:

  • Heartburn
  • Chest Pain
  • Excessive Salivation
  • Regurgitation
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Trouble Sleeping
  • Sensitive to Some

Foods and liquids

Atypical GERD can have event deeper symptoms:

  • Persistent Cough
  • Chronic Sore Throat
  • Frequent and/or Difficulty Swallowing
  • Asthma
  • Hoarseness
  • Excessive Throat Clearing
  • Bad Breath
  • Dental Erosions
  • Gum Disease
  • Ear & Nose Discomfort

Over time reflux gives way to systematic GERD, potentially Esophagitis and eventually Complex Esophagitis, which can cause ulceration, hemorrhage, strictures and even cancer.

GERD is often treated by PPIs though safety concerns continue to escalate over their use.  The risks of long-term PPI use include:

  • Increased risk of heart attack
  • Dementia
  • Stroke
  • Increased risk of pneumonia
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Increased Risk of C.difficil
  • Deficiencies in Iron, B12 and Magnesium
  • Cancer

What is TIF?

The Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication is a device introduced through an endoscope to create a valve, relieving patients of GERD.  After years of study, the effectiveness of TIF is that this highly effective program provides consistent improvements in all measures of GERD.

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