New procedure to stop acid reflux - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/31/10

New procedure to stop acid reflux

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By Karin McCay| email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Millions of people suffer from daily heartburn and acid reflux.

It can be so uncomfortable they can't eat certain foods and they have to sleep sitting up.  Surgery has been the standard treatment when medication doesn't work. Now, there is a new option and the first to bring it to this area is a surgeon in Plainview.   Dr. Douglas Cummins says the procedure is called TIF, which stands for "Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication" procedure.

With acid reflux, after you eat something, stomach juices come back up and create painful heartburn.  However, after the

TIF procedure, all that acid is trapped in the stomach where it should be. Here's how it works. The TIF procedure uses a new tool call the Esophyx which goes in through the mouth so there's no visible scar. In this situation, it is described as a "surgery from within" because the Esophyx loops around in the stomach to create a valve between the stomach and the esophagus.

The procedure reduces Hiatal Hernia and restores the natural flow of stomach juices, keeping them in the stomach where they belong.  Dr. Cummins describes this as a revolutionary new option for patients with acid reflux who want or need to avoid surgery. "This opens up surgical treatment for people who are suffering from acid reflux to more people who maybe don't want to go under major surgery", he explains. "Immediate benefits are no more acid reflux, no more daily medication, and very quick recovery, back to a normal life and normal activities in the matter of a few days." Dr. Cummins add the procedure requires just one day in the hospital.

The Tif procedure is becoming more widely available, but as yet, Dr. Douglas Cummins is the first to bring it to the South Plains. You can learn more about Tif and reducing acid reflux by contacting Dr. Douglas Cummins at the Covenant Hospital in Plainview.

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