Now physicians can utilize the latest-generation high definition (HD) endoscopes when performing Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF®) procedures to treat the underlying, anatomical causes of GERD
SAN MATEO, Calif. (Dec. 10, 2014)–EndoGastric Solutions® (EGS), a leader in incisionless procedural therapy for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), today announced the launch of the EsophyX®2 HD (high definition), the latest-generation of the company’s EsophyX® platform.
The new system allows surgeons and gastroenterologists to use a wider selection of endoscopes–including larger high-definition versions—when performing Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF®) procedures to treat the underlying anatomical causes of GERD.
The new device, which received 501(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in September, is available in the U.S and is the second product iteration in the past 18 months.
“We developed the EsophyX®2 HD device to be compatible with a wider range of endoscopes, including the latest generation high-definition scopes, that generally have larger diameters than traditional devices,” said Skip Baldino, President and CEO of EGS. “Now, physicians with either traditional scopes or the latest endoscopic imaging technology may choose the scientifically proven TIF procedure for select patients.”
“Insertion was essentially no different from the previous devices; overall, a great experience,” said Peter Janu, M.D. of Wisconsin.
Michael Murray, M.D. of Nevada commented, “Much better visualization of fastener deployment.”
“As with all of our innovations, it is our goal to continually improve our products and make them easier to use,” said Darren Crow, General Manager at EGS. “It is our belief that this particular iteration will enable improved intraoperative visualization, and provide customers with a broader range of high-resolution scope compatibility.”
The new model of EsophyX®2 HD accommodates HD endoscopes while retaining the functionality, features and many dimensions of the EsophyX2 Plus device. EGS engineers increased the endoscope channel diameter of EsophyX2 HD to accommodate a broad range of commercially available endoscopes and it is compatible with the existing 6.5 mm and 7.5 mm SerosaFuse® Implantable Fastener cartridges.
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a common gastrointestinal disease that affects nearly 20 percent of the U.S. population. It is a chronic condition in which the gastroesophageal valve (GEV) allows gastric contents to reflux (wash backwards) into the esophagus, causing heartburn and possible injury to the esophageal lining. In the United States (U.S.), GERD is the most common gastrointestinal-related diagnosis physicians make during clinical visits. Some patients may have mild or moderate symptoms of GERD, while others have more severe manifestations causing chronic heartburn, asthma, chronic cough, and hoarse voice or chest pain. Left untreated, GERD can develop into a pre-cancerous condition called Barrett’s esophagus, which is a precursor for esophageal cancer. The first treatment recommendation for patients with GERD is to make lifestyle changes (e.g., diet, scheduled eating times and sleeping positions). Proton pump inhibitor (PPI) medications are commonly used to treat GERD, but there are a variety of health complications associated with long-term dependency on PPIs, and more than 10 million Americans are refractory to PPI therapy and may opt for surgery.
About Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF® 2.0 procedure) for Reflux
The TIF 2.0 procedure enables an incisionless approach to fundoplication in which a device is inserted through the mouth, down the esophagus and into the upper portion of the stomach. This approach offers patients looking for an alternative to traditional surgery an effective treatment option to correct the underlying cause of GERD. Based on clinical studies, most patients stopped using daily medications to control their symptoms and had their esophageal inflammation (esophagitis) eliminated up to five years after the TIF 2.0 procedure. Additionally, clinical results have demonstrated that concomitant laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair (LHHR) immediately followed by TIF 2.0 procedure is safe and effective in patients requiring repair of both anatomical defects.
Over 22,000 TIF procedures have been performed worldwide. More than 100 peer-reviewed papers have consistently documented the sustained improved clinical outcomes and exemplary safety profile the TIF procedure provides to patients suffering from GERD. For more information, please visit www.GERDHelp.com.
With the support of clinical societies, commercial and federal insurance providers, representing more than 100 million lives, have recognized the value of the TIF 2.0 procedure through recently expanded coverage policies. The TIF 2.0 procedure is a covered benefit for all Medicare beneficiaries across the country.
For the TIF 2.0 procedure, physicians and hospitals can reference CPT Code 43210 EGD esophagogastric fundoplasty. CPT is a registered trademark of the American Medical Association.
About EsophyX® Technology
The EsophyX technology is used to reconstruct the gastroesophageal valve (GEV) and restore its function as a barrier, preventing stomach acids from refluxing back into the esophagus. The device is inserted through the patient’s mouth with direct visual guidance from an endoscope, and enables creation of a 3 cm, 270° esophagogastric fundoplication. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared the original EsophyX device in 2007. The evolving technology, including the latest iteration EsophyX Z+, launched in 2017, enables surgeons and gastroenterologists to use a wide selection of endoscopes to treat the underlying anatomical cause of GERD.
The EsophyX device, with SerosaFuse® fasteners and accessories, is indicated for use in transoral tissue approximation, full thickness plication and ligation in the gastrointestinal tract. It is indicated for the treatment of symptomatic chronic GERD in patients who require and respond to pharmacological therapy. The device is also indicated to narrow the gastroesophageal junction and reduce hiatal hernia ≤ 2 cm in size in patients with symptomatic chronic GERD. Patients with hiatal hernias larger than 2 cm may be included, when a laparoscopic hiatal hernia repair reduces the hernia to 2 cm or less.
About EndoGastric Solutions®
Based in Redmond, Washington, EndoGastric Solutions, Inc. (www.endogastricsolutions.com), is a medical device company developing and commercializing innovative, evidence-based, incisionless surgical technology for the treatment of GERD. EGS has combined the most advanced concepts in gastroenterology and surgery to develop products and procedures to treat gastrointestinal diseases, including the TIF 2.0 procedure—a minimally invasive solution that addresses a significant unmet clinical need. Join the conversation on Twitter: @GERDHelp Facebook: GERDHelp and LinkedIn: EndoGastric Solutions.
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