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TIF Procedure for Frequent Heartburn

Treating the cause of acid reflux, not just the symptoms.

Dr. Adam Braze of Kingman Thoracic Associates is trained to perform the minimally invasive TIF procedure. KRMC is the first and only hospital in the area to offer this advanced alternative GERD treatment.

If you or someone you know suffers with chronic GERD, talk to your primary care provider or gastroenterologist about whether the TIF procedure is right for you; you can get back to living without the pills and without the heartburn.

Millions of Americans suffer from frequent heartburn, which is also known as acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).  Until recently, the primary treatment for GERD is the use of medications that minimize stomach acid. But now, a new highly-effective treatment is available at Kingman Regional Medical Center (KRMC).

GERD occurs when the valve that normally prevents stomach acid from entering your esophagus (the tube that connects your mouth to your stomach) doesn’t function properly.  With GERD, the valve becomes weak or opens when it shouldn’t— allowing stomach juices to flow back up into your esophagus.

KRMC is the only hospital in the area to offer the minimally-invasive TIF (transoral incisionless fundoplication) procedure to repair a dysfunctional esophageal valve. The procedure is performed completely without incisions.

With TIF, you undergo full anesthesia. While you’re asleep, a surgeon inserts an endoscope through your mouth to the esophageal valve. Using a special device attached to the endoscope, the surgeon can restore the natural shape, location, and functionality of your esophageal valve― stopping reflux.



The vast majority of TIF patients experience little discomfort post-procedure. After a healing period of four to six weeks, most are off daily medications for GERD. Additionally, patients do not have the negative side effects associated with traditional reflux surgery.

KRMC Thoracic Surgeon, Dr. Adam Braze is the only TIF-trained physician in the tristate area.  He states, “The TIF procedure can significantly improve quality of life for our patients.”

If you or someone you know suffers with chronic GERD, please talk to your primary care doctor or gastroenterologist about whether TIF is right for you and a possible referral to Dr. Braze.

For more information on how the TIF procedure can get you back to living without heartburn, please call us at Kingman Thoracic Associates, 928-681-8520.