Las Vegas, NV - On Tuesday June 18th, the team at Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center performed the first transoral incisionless fundoplication procedure, otherwise known as the TIF procedure at the facility. Gastroenterologist Dr. Christian Stone performed the endoscopic procedure, which treats gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), commonly called acid reflux.

The TIF procedure is minimally invasive and performed without making any incisions. The procedure has fewer adverse side effects, and does not limit future treatment options.

"For patients suffering from frequent heartburn and dependent on anti-acid pills" said Dr. Stone, "this latest iteration of the TIF device serves as a long-term and safe alternative to the traditional surgical treatment - the Nissen fundoplication. The TIF procedure physically strengthens the valve at the bottom of the esophagus, as does the Nissen, but without surgery, and can eliminate the need for daily, indefinite use of anti-acid medications".

This addition to the Southern Hills Hospital and Medical Center's repertoire means Las Vegans don't have to leave the city to seek this non-surgical treatment option for acid reflux.

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