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Bay Area's First Incisionless GERD Surgery

February 09, 2010

St. Petersburg, FL – Surgery without an incision is now a possibility.  EsophyX is the first device for incisionless reconstructive surgical treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and is based on the principles of surgical repair of the gastroesophageal junction.

Dr. Dobson is the first specialist in the Tampa Bay area to be trained on this new procedure.  “The TIF procedure with the EsophyX device can significantly improve quality of life for our patients.” said Dr. Dobson.   “GERD is an anatomical problem which needs an anatomical solution. Reflux medications like PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) can help relieve patients' heartburn symptoms but don't solve the underlying anatomical problems or prevent further disease progression. Even on PPIs many patients are still unable to eat the foods they want or have to sleep sitting up to reduce nighttime reflux.  After the EsophyX TIF procedure, clinical trials show that most patients can eat and drink foods they avoided for many years.  Reflux no longer impacts their life like it previously did.”

EsophyX is based on established principles of surgical repair of the antireflux barrier, except that it is “surgery from within” performed transorally (through the mouth).  The EsophyX TIF procedure reduces hiatal hernia and creates a valve between the stomach and esophagus restoring the natural, physiological anatomy to prevent gastroesophageal reflux.  Because the procedure is incisionless, there is reduced pain, reduced recovery and no visible scar. 

With millions of Americans diagnosed with GERD and not fully satisfied with their treatment options, EsophyX offers an excellent alternative.  “Recent studies of EsophyX have shown that the procedure can reduce patients’ dependency on medications with 70% of patients remaining symptom free after two years and experiencing a dramatic improvement in their quality of life,” said Dr.  Dobson.  “We are very excited to be able to offer our patients the same incredible benefits as more invasive procedures without incisions.”

Edward White Hospital is a 167-bed community hospital dedicated to providing quality healthcare in the St. Petersburg area for more than 30 years.  For more information about Edward White Hospital, visit:  www.EdwardWhiteHospital.com

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