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Those suffering from chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may find relief with an advanced endoscopy surgery now offered at Spectrum Health Pennock General Surgery – Hastings.

 

An estimated one in every five American adults suffer from GERD. It is a chronic condition where the individual may experience heartburn frequently with a possibility of additional symptoms. Left untreated, GERD can be a lifelong disease. It can lead to bothersome symptoms, which can vary from mild or moderate to severe depending on the individual.  Our skilled surgeons offer the transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) to treat GERD without surgery. 

 

“TIF is a safe, effective and lasting solution for those suffering from GERD. The procedure offers a quick recovery time and fewer side effects than traditional anti-reflux surgery,” explained David Dargis, DO, Spectrum Health Pennock General Surgery – Hastings. “GERD occurs when the valve between the stomach and the esophagus is not working properly and fails to keep contents in the stomach from washing back up into the esophagus. Medications may offer mild to intermittent symptom control, but they do not stop or prevent reflux. If current medications are not working well, an alternative endoscopic therapy like the TIF procedure for reflux could be right for you.”  

 

This minimally-invasive surgery is offered by David Dargis, DO, Max Rappaport, MD and Andrew Parsons, MD. If you’re interested in learning more about TIF, contact your primary care provider or call Spectrum Health Pennock General Surgery – Hastings.

 

 

 

left: Dr. David Dargis, DO

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