Heartburn–everyone has it once in a while but when it happens more often than not it could be acid reflux.
Dr. Glenn Ihde of Forest Park Medical Center in Dallas said many people suffer from the condition.
“You know,” Dr., Ihde said. “Approximately 10% to 15% of the population suffers from daily episodes of reflux.”
Dr. Ihde said acid reflux is becoming so common that people have been on over the counter and prescription drugs for ten years.
Sometimes they don’t even know they have it until the heartburn becomes so severe they have to go to the hospital.
“Often time’s people develop enough chest pain that it brings them to the emergency room,” Dr. Ihde said. “They get a workup for heart disease but instead its reflux.”
That’s about the time people go to Dr. Ihde and ask about a procedure called Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication.
Dr. Ihde performs the procedure through the mouth and recreates the natural valve at the end of the esophagus.
The repaired valve keeps stomach contents where their supposed to be–in the stomach– and treats the problem at the source.
“You know,” Dr. Ihde said. “It’s an anatomic problem so as soon as you fix the anatomy you’ve controlled the solution.”
Dr. Ihde said patients usually go home the next day and are back to work in a week or two.
When it comes to acid reflux feeling is believing.
“You know” Dr. Ihde said. “You do surgery and they’re very pessimistic because you know nothing else has worked and they wake up and they are like, wow, this is incredible you know this is the first time I’ve slept in years.”
Dr. Ihde has performed more than 400 TIF procedures and according to the company that developed the procedure he’s done it more than any surgeon in the world and almost all of them done at Forest Park Medical Center in Dallas.
Dr. Ihde said that for many people TIF is worth a look.
“If you’ve had reflux for a long time and you’re tired of taking those medications, tired of having symptoms despite being on those medications you look at the new procedures that are available,” Dr. Ihde said.