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New at Hackensack: Incisionless Surgical Treatment for GERD

GastroenterologyHackensack University Medical Center

What you need to know

Specialists within the Division of Gastroenterology and the Department of Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center are using the new TIF® procedure (Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication) to correct the underlying causes of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), without the need for laparoscopy or abdominal incisions.

How it works

In a first-of-its-kind advancement for the Division of Gastroenterology, the TIF procedure repairs the anti-reflux barrier through the mouth with an endoscope, the same equipment used to diagnose GERD.

Dr. Rosario Ligresti

Because the procedure is completely incisionless, patients have less pain, a faster recovery and no visible scar. In addition, the procedure is performed in an outpatient setting, often with only a brief, overnight stay in the hospital.

“It can significantly improve the quality of life for our patients who suffer from reflux disease,” says Rosario Ligresti, M.D., FASGE, chief, Division of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, Hackensack University Medical Center.