New EsophyX Z+ device supports TIF 2.0 procedure with feature set of EsophyX Z device and benefits of adult sized endoscopes.
REDMOND, Wash. – EsophyX® Z+ device offers expanded endoscope compatibility and joins EndoGastric Solutions’® portfolio of specialized technologies used to perform the TIF 2.0 procedure to reconstruct the gastroesophageal valve and restore its function as a reflux barrier.
Using a transoral approach, the EsophyX Z+ device enables physicians to rebuild the gastroesophageal valve with a partial fundoplication technique that secures the tissue with dual deployment of SerosaFuse® Implantable Fasteners.
Michael Murray, M.D., FACS, Northern Nevada Medical Center and Kenneth Chang, M.D., UC Irvine Health were the first to perform the TIF 2.0 procedure using the new EsophyX Z+ device. Both clinicians are well-versed in the TIF 2.0 procedure and have been treating patients with severe gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms for nearly a decade.
“GERD is a chronic condition and proton pump inhibitors do not control symptoms in about one-third of patients,” says surgeon Michael Murray, M.D., Northern Nevada Medical Center. “The design of the new EsophyX Z+ device makes performing TIF 2.0 procedures technically easy and produces a consistent and effective fundoplication thus providing an effective alternative to prescription medications and traditional surgical procedures.”
“The robust collection of clinical data and recent positive policy coverage announcements support the TIF 2.0 procedure as an established treatment option for patients who wish to eliminate or discontinue PPI use and avoid surgery for acid reflux. This newest design iteration allows for maximal visibility using a standard endoscope combined with almost effortless and confident deployment of fasteners. GI endoscopists and surgeons should consider the TIF procedure in patients seeking a less invasive, proven GERD treatment solution,” adds Gastroenterologist Kenneth Chang, M.D., UC Irvine Health.
The original EsophyX device was cleared by the FDA in 2007. EGS launched the third generation EsophyX Z model platform in 2015. The evolving EsophyX Z+ technology now enables surgeons and gastroenterologists to use a wider selection of standard endoscopes to treat the underlying anatomical cause of GERD.
“We are excited to launch the EsophyX Z+ device as we believe it will further enhance the physician’s technical experience,” says Skip Baldino, President and CEO of EndoGastric Solutions. “At EndoGastric Solutions, we are committed to addressing the unmet needs in gastrointestinal diseases and offering physicians highly effective options that fill the significant treatment gap between medication and more invasive surgery.”
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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