Pardee designated as Distinguished TIF Center-Gold :: Only one in NC
Created: Friday, 24 June 2011 07:57
Written by Kristie Harris
Pardee Hospital has just been designated as a Distinguished TIF Center-Gold (see www.endogastricsolutions.com
) and is the only hospital in North Carolina to receive this designation. Pardee is also the only hospital within a 200 mile radius that performs the TIF procedure.
Pardee is excited to announce this designation. Daniel Timmerman, D.O.
, a local surgeon, performs this surgery and was the first in North Carolina to conduct a Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication procedure, or TIF.
“The TIF procedure can significantly improve the quality of life for our patients,” said Dr. Timmerman. “Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is an anatomical problem which needs an anatomical solution. Reflux medication can help to relieve patients’ heartburn symptoms but don’t solve the underlying anatomical problems or prevent further disease progression.”
The TIF procedure is based on the established principles of surgical repair of the anti-reflux barrier, except that it is performed transorally (through the mouth). The procedure reduces hiatal hernia and creates a valve between the stomach and esophagus restoring the natural, physiological anatomy to prevent reflux. Because the procedure is incisionless, there is reduced pain, reduced recovery and no visible scar.
“Recent studies show that TIF can reduce patients’ dependency on medications with 79 percent of patients remaining off of their daily medications after two years and experiencing a dramatic improvement in their quality of life,” said Dr. Timmerman. “With millions of Americans suffering with daily symptoms of reflux, we are very excited to be able to offer our patients the same incredible benefits as other invasive procedures without incisions.”