Leading the region with a new, non-invasive surgical option for GERD/heartburn
Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF)
Abilene Regional Medical Center is pleased to announce the addition of a new surgical treatment option for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This new procedure, called TIF, requires no incision and can be a quick, effective solution. If you are tired of taking pills to manage the pain of heartburn, ask your doctor if our new, minimally invasive surgery is right for you.
The gold standard of GERD surgeries is a laparoscopic nissen fundoplication or touppet fundoplication, where the upper part of the stomach is used to make a “new valve” at the lower aspect of the esophagus (swallowing tube). The TIF using the Esophyx device can produce similar results without incisions. This procedure is the ultimate in minimally invasive surgery in that it is incisionless, which means no scars, less pain, less risk, and a faster recovery when compared to other surgical options. Most patients can get back to work and most normal activities in only a couple of days.
If you are a candidate for TIF, talk to a general surgeon who performs the TIF.
John Cole, D.O.
1680 Antilley Road, Ste. 110, Abilene, TX 79606
John Cole, D.O. was raised in Abilene and joined Abilene Regional Medical Center in September 2010. He came from Baylor Medical Center in Waxahachie, Texas. Dr. Cole received his undergraduate degree from Abilene Christian University and his Doctor of Osteopathy from the University of North Texas Health Science Center. Dr. Cole completed his internship from the Osteopathic Medical Center of Texas and his residency from Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, Michigan is Board Certified in General Surgery. Dr. Cole is married to Marci, and they have three children.
Learn More: Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)