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LewisGale Hospital Montgomery Offers Incisionless Procedure for Chronic Acid Reflux Disease

June 05, 2012

Contact: Joy Sutton, Marketing Communications Mgr.
LewisGale Regional Health System
(540) 776-4739 or (540) 529-3137

Contact: Nancy May, VP Marketing & PR
LewisGale Regional Health System
(540) 776-4754 or (540) 537-3475

Blacksburg, VA, June, 2012 – LewisGale Hospital Montgomery is now offering its patients with chronic acid reflux disease a new, incisionless treatment option to relieve the pain and discomfort. LewisGale physician, David Stoeckle, M.D., performed the first Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) in March.

Chronic acid reflux disease, also known as GERD, occurs when the valve between the esophagus and the stomach isn't working properly, allowing stomach contents to flow back up into the esophagus. This can irritate the lining of the esophagus causing heartburn and other symptoms. Left untreated, acid reflux disease can also put a person at increased risk for esophageal cancer.

_��When medications alone aren't enough, TIF offers patients a minimally invasive treatment option that addresses the underlying cause of acid reflux,_ѝ said Stoeckle. _��With this procedure we are able to create a new antireflux valve for the patient without any incisions._ѝ

The TIF procedure is performed through the patient's mouth using an endoscope and a device known as EsophyX_��. Once the device is advanced through the esophagus and into the stomach, it is used to reconstruct the antireflux valve using the patient's own tissue folds.

The procedure takes less than an hour and is performed under general anesthesia.

_��Since there is no incision patients recover faster and have less pain,_ѝ said Stoeckle. _��Most patients go home the next day after surgery._ѝ

Patient interested in learning more about this treatment option can contact Dr. David Stoeckle at 540-552-0005.

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About LewisGale Hospital Montgomery

LewisGale Hospital Montgomery is part of LewisGale Regional Health System which includes 38 HCA-owned patient care facilities including 4 hospitals, 2 regional cancer centers, 6 outpatient centers and affiliations with nearly 700 physicians, including 135 employed providers and 550 independent physicians. With 3,100 employees, its annual payroll is $220.7 million. The system also paid $35 million in taxes and provided more than $96 million in uncompensated care to those most in need in 2011 alone. LewisGale is also part of HCA Virginia, the largest and most comprehensive healthcare provider in the Commonwealth with more than 13,000 employees. For more information see www.lewisgale.com.