Skip to content

Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast Only Hospital in Northwest Florida to Offer New Procedure to Relieve GERD Symptoms

Doctors at Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast are the first in Northwest Florida to offer a new, minimally invasive procedure to relieve heartburn, acid reflux, and other symptoms of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). The procedure is called TIF, which stands for transoral incisionless fundoplication. According to the National Institutes of Health, researchers estimate 20 percent of people in the United States are living with GERD.  

Doctors recently performed the first 10 TIF procedures at the hospital and say it has provided a new option for some patients. 

"We are excited to offer this procedure at Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast,” said Dr. Thomas Shaknovsky, a general surgeon. “This minimally invasive procedure can help people who are not getting rid of their discomfort with lifestyle modification and medication.” 

In the TIF procedure, a gastroenterologist uses a flexible instrument called an endoscope and a special TIF device to repair or rebuild the antireflux valve through the mouth, which helps restore the body’s natural protection against reflux, which occurs when stomach acid flows back into the esophagus. Since there is no incision, it could mean a quicker, less painful recovery for some patients. Dr. Shaknovsky says his patients no longer have to rely on medication to treat their condition after the procedure. The TIF procedure may be right for those who are concerned about taking medications over the long term. 

“With so many people living with GERD, offering this procedure at our hospital can improve the lives of people living in Northwest Florida,” said Bryan Walrath, President, Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast. “Our surgical care teams at Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast continue to provide compassionate care close to home.” 

Ask your doctor if the TIF procedure may be right for you. To learn more about Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast and procedures at the hospital visit

Ascension Sacred Heart Emerald Coast is recognized by Fortune Magazine/Merative in its 100 Top Hospitals® list in the category of Small Community Hospitals. The hospital has earned this recognition for six years. Hospitals on the list are recognized for their level of care and patient experience.

Scroll To Top