If you’ve been diagnosed with GERD, you’ve likely sat down with your doctor to explore treatment options. GERD patients have a variety of treatment choices, ranging from simple lifestyle modifications to drugs and, in many cases, surgery. The weakness of the lower esophageal sphincter, which is one of the leading causes of GERD, is one of the largest problems with the treatment strategies of many individuals. Medication-based treatments, such as the usage of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) and over-the-counter antacids, are a band-aid approach that may temporarily alleviate symptoms, but are not designed for long-term use and can lead to major side effects. In patients who have symptoms despite low dose or intermittent medications, anti-reflux procedures and surgeries should be explored and considered to treat the underlying cause of the patient’s GERD, preventing any further damage and eliminating the need for medications.
Robotic fundoplications, the LINX reflux management system, and the endoscopic transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF/EsophyX®) technique are three cutting-edge anti-reflux surgical methods that Dr. Grandhige has refined in order to provide long-term solutions for his patients who are struggling with persistent acid reflux (GERD) and Laryngopharyngeal reflux. He is the only board-certified surgeon in the Tampa Bay area that performs all three of these procedures with regularity. He has devoted over a decade to the process of developing individualized treatment strategies for each of his patients that are based on the particular conditions of their case and the requirements they have. He has performed over 600 fundoplications, over 600 LINX procedures and over 200 TIF procedures.