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First surgery in North Carolina performed at Pardee Hospital

This is a news report from WLOS ABC 13, in Asheville, on a special surgery that Pardee Hospital is now performing. Daniel Timmerman, D.O., a local surgeon, performed North Carolina’s first Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication procedure, or TIF, at Pardee Hospital. “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. For more information, call 698-0581

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