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Lake City Medical Center

Local Surgeons Offering Incisionless Procedures to Treat Acid Reflux & GERD

March 07, 2011

 EsophyX TIF is the first procedure for incisionless reconstructive surgical treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and is based on the principals of surgical repair of the gastroesophageal junction. EsophyX is now available from Lake City Medical Center and Gateway Surgical Specialists.

Dr Edwin Gonzalez and Dr. Alex Soler, leaders in the treatment of GERD, are the first specialists in the area to be trained and performing the EsophyX procedure. “EsophyX can significantly improve quality of life for our patients,” said Dr. Gonzalez. “Many reflux patients are unable to drink carbonated or caffeinated beverages or eat rich foods or fruit without triggering reflux. They also sleep sitting up to reduce nighttime reflux. After the EsophyX 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.”

EsophyX represents the third generation of surgery. The transition from open surgery to laparoscopy has been regarded as the major advance in surgery in the last two decades. Laparoscopy reduced the skin incisions typical of “open” surgery to only three to five “port” holes. However, laparoscopy still involves the same internal incisions and organ dissection as open surgery. EsophyX, however, is a giant advancement, avoiding incisions and dissection altogether. Because of this reduced invasiveness, EsophyX lowers the hurdle for receiving an anatomical restoration of the antireflux barrier and allows earlier intervention.

For the 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% of patients remaining symptom free after two years and experiencing a dramatic improvement in their quality of life,” said Gonzalez. “We are very excited to be able to offer our patients the same incredible benefits with minimal risk,” he added.

About Gateway Surgical Specialists

The Gateway Surgical Specialists believe in patient care that is second to none, and that includes treating patients like a family member and staying abreast of medical advances that could make a world of difference in a patient’s life. The surgeons at Gateway Surgical Specialists recognize the importance of treating a wide range of medical needs with the most advanced surgical treatments available. That means everything from cancer detection and treatment to hernias, thyroids and gastrointestinal problems.

About EsophyX

Widely recognized as the next step in the evolution of minimally invasive techniques, the EsophyX device is introduced into the body, not through an incision, but through a “natural” body orifice, the mouth. The EsophyX device and the TIF procedure reduce hiatal hernia and create a valve between the stomach and the esophagus to restore the natural, physiological anatomy to reduce/prevent gastroesophageal reflux. Because the procedure is incisionless, there is no visible scar and the risk of adverse effects is reduced.

About Lake City Medical Center

For more than 50 years, Lake City Medical Center has provided medical care to Lake City and the surrounding communities – the home to our patients, staff and physicians. Lake City Medical Center strives to offer a broad range of medical services including cardiovascular services, cancer care, Women’s Health, general surgical services and outpatient and inpatient imaging, to name a few. The mission of Lake City Medical Center is to effectively meet the needs of the communities we serve through a continuum of quality healthcare in a compassionate environment of mutual trust and respect.