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Andrew Ross, MD
Andrew Ross, MD

SEATTLE — (Feb. 19, 2020) — As Virginia Mason commemorates its 100th anniversary this year, the organization is also looking to the future by expanding medical services to better serve patients and the community.

The latest addition within the Virginia Mason Digestive Disease Institute is transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF), an advanced endoscopic procedure for treating gastroesophageal reflux disease (heartburn).

The procedure, performed by a multidisciplinary team of surgeons and gastroenterologists, reconstructs the valve between the esophagus and the stomach to prevent acid reflux. An endoscope, a flexible tube with an attached light and camera, is inserted through the patient’s mouth and throat into the stomach during the procedure. TIF is typically performed on an outpatient basis, allowing most patients to go home the same day.

“We are pleased to be able to offer this minimally invasive option to treat symptoms and discomfort associated with gastroesophageal reflux disease,” said Andrew Ross, MD, section head, Gastroenterology. “In appropriate patients, this approach is highly effective with a shorter recovery time as compared to a traditional surgical approach.”

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, is a digestive disorder in which stomach acid or bile irritates the lower esophageal sphincter, the ring of muscle between the esophagus and stomach. The condition affects an estimated 17 million adults and children in the United States. Learn more about GERD at the National Library of Medicine.

About Virginia Mason Health System
Virginia Mason, founded in 1920, is a nonprofit regional health care system based in Seattle that serves the Pacific Northwest. In the Puget Sound region, the system includes 336-bed Virginia Mason Hospital; a primary and specialty care group practice of more than 500 physicians; outpatient medical facilities and services in Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Edmonds, Federal Way, Kirkland, Issaquah and Lynnwood; Bailey-Boushay House, the first skilled-nursing and outpatient chronic care management program in the United States designed specifically to meet the needs of people with HIV/AIDS; Benaroya Research Institute, which is internationally recognized for autoimmune disease research; Virginia Mason Foundation; and Virginia Mason Institute, which trains health care professionals and others around the world in the Virginia Mason Production System, an innovative management method for improving quality and safety.

Virginia Mason Health System also includes Virginia Mason Memorial, a 226-bed hospital serving Yakima Valley in central Washington since 1950. Virginia Mason Memorial includes primary care practices and specialty care services, including high-quality cardiac care; cancer care through North Star Lodge; breast health at `Ohana Mammography Center; acute hospice and respite care at Cottage in the Meadow; pain management at Water’s Edge; an advanced NICU unit that offers specialty care for at-risk infants; advanced services for children with special health care needs at Children’s Village; and The Memorial Foundation.

Media Contact:
Gale Robinette
Media Relations Manager
Virginia Mason Health System
(206) 341-1509

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