A healthy digestive system is essential for the body to function properly. Salem Medical Center offers gastrointestinal services to help doctors diagnose and treat digestive issues.
Our gastroenterologists provide treatment options for a range of digestive disorders, including:
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a digestive disorder that causes heartburn and acid reflux due to gastric acid returning from the stomach back up into the esophagus. According to the American College of Gastroenterology, approximately 25 million adult Americans suffer from heartburn on a daily basis.
If you have heartburn or reflux twice a week or more, you may have GERD. Heartburn is the most common symptom, but you may also experience:
At Salem Medical Center, we offer a minimally invasive surgical procedure called transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) to treat GERD. This procedure requires no incision and is a quick, effective solution for patients who suffer from chronic heartburn or acid reflux. TIF leaves no scars and is less painful than other surgical options.
Because there are no incisions, recovery time is much shorter than traditional surgery. Patients typically spend one night in the hospital and follow a liquid diet and soft foods for about two weeks. Most are able to resume normal activities within only a few days.
Benefits of the TIF procedure