Our Lady of the Lake is Now a Top Surgeon Training Site
Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center is now a top surgeon training center for the Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF) procedure, a surgical procedure to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or heartburn. Mark Hausmann, MD; Karl LeBlanc, MD and Brent Allain, Jr. MD are trained to perform the procedure and train other surgeons.
The TIF procedure alleviates chronic heartburn for patients whose condition is not satisfactorily controlled by either lifestyle changes or medication. Symptoms include a burning sensation from the chest to the throat which is caused by severe gastroesophageal reflux due to a weak valve muscle between the stomach and the esophagus. During the TIF procedure, surgeons use the EsophyX device to create a valve between the stomach and esophagus which forms a physical barrier to reflux.
“TIF is performed without any incisions. Because there are no incisions, patients experience less pain, a faster recovery and no visible scar which is a big satisfier for our patients,” said Dr. Hausmann.
“We became a training center about a year ago and now we have trained 100 surgeons. That is significant because it represents 10% of TIF surgeons in the country,” said Dr. LeBlanc.
“Published results show that two years after this procedure, nearly 80% of patients are able to stay off their daily medication for reflux,” said Dr. Allain. “It’s improving the quality of life for our patients and I’m happy to be a part of training other surgeons who can in-turn offer this life-changing procedure to their patients.”
Our Lady of the Lake is now one of five TIF surgeon training sites in the United States. To become a training site, surgeons Hausmann, LeBlanc and Allain had to complete intensive TIF training and meet the highest standards of safety and quality.