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Scott & White Healthcare -- Round Rock performing surgery without incisions for heartburn
Date:2/15/2011

Millions of Americans, or 10 percent of the population, suffers from daily heartburn or other symptoms of reflux such as regurgitation, chronic cough, hoarseness and dental erosions. Until recently, many of these patients faced either a lifetime of daily medications, incomplete resolution, or worsening of their symptoms while treatment options were often limited to surgery. Scott & White Healthcare Round Rock is offering a new procedure to patients who meet specific requirements and are generally not doing well on daily medications known as Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs). The procedure is called the Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication, or TIF, which uses the EsophyX device and is performed without incisions.

"Most patients who have chronic heartburn or GERD find that their condition is well controlled with medications like PPIs; the TIF procedure, on the other hand, is an option for those patients who do not do well on daily medications or those who have concerns about the implications of lifelong pill therapy like cost and side effects," said F. Paul "Tripp" Buckley, III, MD, general surgeon at Scott & White Round Rock. "For the right patient, TIF can improve quality of life and having a multi-disciplinary, integrated team of specialists in place at Scott & White also allows for the highest quality medical care for the patient," said Dr. Buckley. "Scott & White is unique in that we have a surgeon and a gastroenterologist working side-by-side as a team to perform the procedure."

Dr. Buckley goes on to explain, "Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a mechanical/anatomic problem and reflux medication like PPIs help relieve the majority of patients' heartburn symptoms. Some patients, however, continue to have symptoms despite maximum medical therapy. Others may have complications, and or, contraindications to long-term PPI use, while some patients don't want to be on lifelong medications or can't afford them. For these patients, a m
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Contact: Katherine Voss
kvoss@swmail.sw.org
254-724-4097
Scott & White Healthcare
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