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New Surgery Promises Heartburn Sufferers can Say Goodbye to Medicine for Good

NORMAN - Surgery without an incision is now a possibility. The new Tran oral Incisionless Fundoplication procedure or TIF® for the treatment of gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD) will soon be available from Dr. Lana Nelson at Norman Regional Health System’s Moore Medical Center.

Dr. Nelson is one of two specialists in Oklahoma to be trained on the TIF procedure.

“The TIF procedure can significantly improve quality of life for our patients,” said Dr. Nelson. “GERD is an anatomical problem which needs an anatomical solution. Reflux medication 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. In addition recent studies have shown that long term use of PPIs can lead to inadequate absorption of minerals such as calcium and can result in bone fractures. After the 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.”

The TIF procedure reduces hiatal hernia and creates a valve between the stomach and esophagus restoring the natural, physiological anatomy to prevent gastro esophageal reflux. Because the procedure is incisionless, there is reduced pain, reduced recovery and no visible scar.

The TIF procedure uses an innovative device from EsophyX and represents the next step in the evolution of surgery. Laparoscopy reduced the skin incisions typical of open surgery to a minimally invasive three-to-five port holes. However, laparoscopy still involves the same internal incisions and organ dissection as open surgery. EsophyX TIF requires neither internal incisions nor dissection.

EsophyX lowers the hurdle for receiving an anatomical restoration of the antireflux barrier and allows earlier intervention. 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 percent of patients remaining symptom free after two years and experiencing a dramatic improvement in their quality of life,” said Nelson. “We are excited to be able to offer our patients the same incredible benefits as more invasive procedures without incisions.”

Dr. Lana Nelson is a board certified general surgeon. She graduated from Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, did her residency at Doctor’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio and completed her fellowship at the University of South Florida.

For more information, contact: Dr Lana Nelson’s Office by calling (405) 735-2049 or visit

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