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Clinically proven to stop reflux without the complications of traditional surgery.

Schedule an appointment today to discuss your GERD symptoms and see if the TIF Procedure is right for you.

Dr. Brandon Marion
Currently seeing patients at our Statesville locations!

Office Hours

Monday – Thursday
8:30am – 5pm
(Closed 12-1 for lunch)
Fri: 8:30am – 12pm

Appointment Information

For all appointments and inquiries, please call
(704) 873-7330.

What is TIF?

The TIF® procedure fixes the root cause of reflux.

TIF trained physicians are able to restore the natural shape, location and effectiveness of your esophageal valve with an innovative procedure, stopping reflux.

The vast majority of patients experience little discomfort post-procedure. After the healing period of four to six weeks, they are off daily PPIs and back to their healthy state once more.

Benefits

  • Minimally invasive
  • Fast recovery
  • No incisions
  • FDA cleared
  • No increased flatulence
  • Exemplary safety profile
  • No increased bloating
  • Covered by most insurance
  • No metal implant
  • Controls disruptive symptoms

No Incisions Makes Every Body Happy

Advancements in fundoplication techniques have evolved the traditional reflux surgery from a major open operation to a TIF procedure: incision-free and without the negative side effects of traditional reflux surgery.

What is Reflux?

Reflux occurs when the valve that keeps the contents of your stomach from flowing up into your esophagus stops functioning. Reflux is not caused by stomach acid. It is a chronic condition caused by the esophageal valve not closing properly.

Our Provider

Brandon Marion, MD
Undergraduate Education University of South Carolina Columbia, SC Graduate Education Medical University of South Carolina Charleston, SC Residency Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Winston-Salem, NC Fellowships Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Gastroenterology/Hepatology Fellowship Training Program Winston-Salem, NC Certifications Board Certified in Internal Medicine Associations
  • American College of Gastroenterology
  • American Gastroenterology Association
  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy,
  • American College of Physicians

Videos

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Locations

PHC Northlake Digestive Care

The TIF procedure is currently offered in our Statesville locations!

Q & A

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the procedure take?

The TIF procedure averages about 30 minutes in duration.

Is the TIF procedure effective?

The TIF procedure has been evaluated in over 100 published papers from over 75 centers documenting consistent outcomes in over 1,500 unique studies of TIF patients. 80% of U.S. patients reported being off daily proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medication and 82% had healed their esophagitis. Please review all safety information.

Is the TIF procedure FDA Approved?

Yes, the FDA gave clearance for the TIF procedure in 2007 for the treatment of chronic reflux (GERD) in patients who require and respond to medical drug therapy. Evidence indicates the device helps narrow the gastroesophageal junction and to reduce hiatal hernia under 2cm in patients with symptomatic chronic reflux (GERD).

Is the TIF procedure covered by insurance?

TIF is covered by insurance. The cost of the TIF procedure can vary depending upon your health plan, as well as your choice of surgeon and hospital. For questions about insurance coverage of the TIF procedure, contact a health plan’s representative directly. Some private health plans may require the patient or surgeon to submit paperwork for pre-authorization of an elective surgery. EndoGastric Solutions has a dedicated team of reimbursement specialists available to help you navigate the pre-authorization and coverage for the TIF procedure.

What is the recovery like?

Typically, you will go home either the same day or the following day, depending upon your individual situation and the recommendations of your physician. Most patients return to non-physical work and resume participating in normal activities within a few days. Patients should expect to experience minor discomfort in their stomach, chest, nose, and throat for three to seven days after the TIF procedure. Physicians will provide dietary guidelines to help maximize success while your valve heals. Specific instructions will vary by patient and are at the physician’s discretion. For best results, follow your physician’s guidance.

Are the fasteners used in a TIF procedure safe?

SerosaFuse fasteners help to secure the reconstructed valve. They are very small and are made of the same material that physicians have used for decades for repairs inside the body. Once in place, the body acclimates to the fasteners and often grows tissue around them.

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