The Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication, or TIF, is a heartburn treatment that does not require incisions. Performed through the mouth, the procedure replaces the anti-reflux valve in order to prevent food and liquid from moving back up the esophagus.
Hiatal Hernia Repair
The successful repair of a hiatal hernia can be an effective acid reflux treatment. A hiatal hernia is caused by part of the stomach pushing up through the hiatus, an opening in the diaphragm. The hiatal hernia is repaired by narrowing the opening of the diaphragm by stitches.
This procedure is considered the standard surgical treatment for severe heartburn, or GERD. It reinforces the lower esophageal sphincter, which is located at the end of the esophagus, so stomach acid cannot reflux into the esophagus.