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New Life After Acid Reflux Surgery

Carol Kevan

Carol Kevan from Bessemer, Michigan battled acid reflux her entire life. "Even as a small child, I can remember suffering from severe acid reflux due to my hiatal hernia," Kevan said. "That made it really hard growing up with always having to modify your diet, not being able to eat around people; it caused major anxiety."

For nearly her entire life, Carol had been simply trying to "live around" her acid reflux symptoms, and at one point, came to the realization she would have to put up with it for the rest of her life. However, after hearing about the TIF procedure being done at Aspirus Iron River Hospital by Dr. Medhat Fanous, she was thrilled. "It sounded too good to be true, "Kevan said.

The procedure is completely incisionless and is performed through the mouth. It restores the natural junction between the esophagus and the stomach.

"I felt relief after five days," Kevan said. "I couldn't believe it. My whole life I had been managing something horrible that was repaired with a single procedure. I can't wait to try the foods I've never been able to eat!"

For more information on the acid reflux management program at Aspirus Iron River Hospital and several minimally-invasive options for acid reflux, call (906) 265-0499.