Plus, ASGE Special Interest Group meeting to also highlight Endoluminal Therapy for GERD

TIF Procedure featured at DDW Product TheaterEndoGastric Solutions® (EGS), a leader in incisionless procedural therapy for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), announced today that the company will host an educational session on the Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication (TIF®) procedure at Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) 2017, which takes place May 6-9, 2017, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.

The DDW Exhibit Floor Product Theater educational session is on Sunday, May 7, from 1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. CDT in the DDW Theater in South Hall A. It will include an overview on the TIF procedure and EsophyX® device by Dr. Sameer Islam from University Medical Center, Lubbock, Texas; a review of the TIF procedure clinical data by Dr. Gregory Haber from NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, New York; and a TIF procedure case presentation by Dr. Kenneth J. Chang from UC Irvine Health, Irvine, California.

The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) Special Interest Group meeting, “Endoluminal Therapy for Esophageal Disease (ETED) & Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD),” is on Saturday, May 6, from 10-11:30 a.m. CDT at the Hyatt Regency McCormick (HRM) Regency Ballroom D. The topics and speakers are as follows:

  • “Role of FLIP on Index EGD: 2017 and Beyond” – Dr. John Pandolfino, an American Gastroenterological Association Fellow (AGAF) from Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
  • “Endoscopic Therapies for GERD: How to Choose?” – Dr. Kenneth Chang, Professor and Chief, Gastroenterology & Hepatology, UC Irvine School of Medicine, Irvine, California
  • “Surveillance for Barrett’s Esophagus: Good, Bad and Ugly” – Dr. Steven DeMeester from The Oregon Clinic, Portland, Oregon

In addition, EGS will demonstrate the full line of EsophyX devices at booth #4208 in the DDW exhibit hall. To learn more about the TIF procedure with EsophyX device, visit www.EndoGastricSolutions.com, and visit the DDW Mobile App for more information on these and other sessions.

About DDW

Digestive Disease Week® (DDW) is the largest international gathering of physicians, researchers and academics in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery. Jointly sponsored by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD), the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Institute, the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT), DDW takes place May 6-9, 2017, at McCormick Place, Chicago, IL. The meeting showcases more than 5,000 abstracts and hundreds of lectures on the latest advances in GI research, medicine and technology. More information can be found at www.ddw.org.

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About GERD
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 25,000 TIF procedures have been performed worldwide. More than 140 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.

About Reimbursement
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.

Indications
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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Contact:
Ted Stephens
EndoGastric Solutions, Inc.
Phone: +1 513-312-9161
tstephens@endogastricsolutions.com

Erich Sandoval
Lazar Partners
Phone: +1 917-497-2867
esandoval@lazarpartners.com