There are many types of digestive disorders. The symptoms vary widely depending on the problem. Regardless of the symptoms, everyone needs nourishment to stay healthy for life. If you are suffering from functional bowel disorders, constipation, GERD, heart burn, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticular disease, hemorrhoids, colon conditions or you need a feeding tube; Westlake Hospital can help through one of the many minimally invasive techniques our physicians are offering.
Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF)
TIF, or Transoral Incision less Fundoplication, is a revolutionary treatment for GERD (Gastro esophageal Reflux Disease). Our surgeons use the TIF procedure to treat the underlying cause of GERD by reconstructing an esophageal valve—the body’s natural physical barrier to reflux. Because it is performed through the mouth, no incisions are made and there are no scars. Results are highly successful with the majority of patients experiencing immediate relief from symptoms. Benefits include the elimination of heartburn and the need for medication; no scarring; q1uick recovery; no hospital stay; fewer complications; and improved quality of life.
Gastrostomy allows enteral nutrition to continue in patients who are unable to eat enough to meet their caloric requirements. Under ultrasound or x-ray guidance, a tube is placed into the stomach through the abdominal wall. Performed by skilled interventional radiologists percutaneous radiological gastrostomy has high success rates with lower morbidity and mortality rates.
In order to help a patient swallow soft foods or drink more easily, a stent is placed in the esophagus near a narrowing or blockage to open up the esophagus.