How Does TIF Work?

TIF repairs the root cause of acid reflux—a faulty valve between the esophagus and stomach. When this valve doesn’t work correctly, stomach acids can back up into your throat. While you’re under anesthesia, a surgeon inserts a tool through your throat to rebuild the valve. 

TIF doesn’t make any incisions (cuts), so you won’t have any scars. You’re also much less likely to have bloating, gas or long-term trouble swallowing after TIF than after traditional Nissen fundoplication. 

Is TIF Right for Me?

Ask your doctor about TIF if you:

  • Regularly experience GERD symptoms, such as a burning sensation after eating, chest pain, lump in the throat, belching, or food or liquid backing up into your throat 
  • Take proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), such as Prilosec or Nexium, for more than 14 days 
  • No longer get relief from anti-reflux medications

Paul Frassinelli, MD, FACS, has performed TIF longer than any other surgeon in Upstate South Carolina and can help determine if this treatment is right for you. 

Make an Appointment

Call 864-512-7222 to schedule your consultation for TIF surgery at AnMed Piedmont Surgical Associates. Ask your doctor for a referral before you call.

Recovery After TIF

Follow your surgeon’s instructions to make sure you recover as expected. You’ll need to consume a liquid diet for a short time as your stomach valve heals. You can usually return to work within a few days, but you should avoid lifting heavy items and doing strenuous physical activities at least until your follow-up appointment. Your surgeon will tell you when you can stop taking heartburn medications.