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Patients at Forrest General Hospital find relief from new surgery

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 HATTIESBURG, MS(WDAM)- Forrest General is now home to a new surgical treatment for a disease that millions of American's suffer from daily-Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or Gerd.

The procedure is called Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication and the device used allows physicians to perform reconstructive surgical treatment of Gerd without making any incisions. 

Gerd is caused when a person's antireflux valve between their stomach and esophagus does not close properly, allowing the contents of the stomach to re-enter the esophagus. 

Some of the most common symptoms of Gerd include frequent heartburn, as well as sore throat or hoarseness, persistent cough, intolerance of certain foods, and pain in the mouth or throat.

 The TIF procedure goes beyond treating GERD with medications, correcting the cause of reflux and reconstructing a natural healthy antireflux valve.

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