Forest Park Medical Center’s Dr. Glen Ihde performed his 400th transoral incisionless fundoplication procedure this week, the most of any surgeon in the world, according to the device manufacturer.
TIF is used for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease. Ihde performed the surgeries over the past four years.
“The TIF procedure, performed completely without incisions, can significantly improve quality of life,” Ihde said in a statement. “Before the TIF procedure, patients were facing a lifetime of medication or an invasive procedure. After the TIF procedure, clinical trials show that most patients can eat and drink foods they avoided for many years, and that reflux no longer impacts their life like it did prior to the procedure.”