Many have GERD and if surgery would be deemed necessary, this sure looks to be a great way to to go...anytime you have less cutting and tissue to heal, that's always pretty much a winner for the patient..the website also has a video to watch the procedure...many can be treated with medications for GERD...and there is also laparoscopic surgery. BD
Surgeons at The Ohio Sate University Medical Center have performed the first incisionless operations in the United States to stop gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), also known as heartburn. They did it by using a device, known as EsophyX, which was recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration. "The medical device offers a treatment for patients who suffer from an advanced degree of GERD and, until now, would have been candidates for (traditional) surgery," said Dr. Scott Melvin, director of the Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery at OSU Medical Center, in a news release.
Almost 30 million Americans are diagnosed with chronic reflux disease and millions of dollars are spent on over-the-counter and prescription medications for treatment of the condition. The new procedure leaves no outside scarring, results in minimal, if any, post-operative pain and reduces recovery time significantly, according to Melvin.