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[box type=”default” size=”large”] Innovative procedure to be discussed at UPAAM lecture [/box]Are you suffering from chronic acid reflux and/or heartburn? If you do, you could benefit from a free lecture on a new “incisionless surgical procedure” to treat the disease.

Lavinia Mateo, president of the University of the Philippines Alumni of Michigan (UPAAM), said Dr. Keith Marshall will discuss the new procedure when he delivers a lecture at the winter edition of the UPAAM professional lecture series at 2 p.m.-6 p.m. on March 8, 2014 at the Philippine American Community Center of Michigan (PACCM).

Doctor Marshall will tackle the topic, “Surgical Management of GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) and TIF (transoral incisionless fundoplication).” He is noted for having done “one of the first incisionless surgeries to treat heartburn in Macomb County.” He performed the TIF at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital, using the innovative EsopphyX device.

TIF is said to be “the most advanced procedure for safely and effectively treating chronic acid reflux, also known as GERD. A completely incisionless procedure, TIF reconstructs the anti-reflux barrier to provide a solution to the anatomical root cause of GERD. The procedure is for patients who are dissatisfied with current pharmaceutical therapies or are concerned about the long-term effects of daily use of reflux medications.”

Doctor Marshall said, “GERD is an anatomical problem which needs an anatomical solution. Reflux medications like PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) can help relieve heartburn but don’t solve the underlying anatomical problems or prevent further disease progression.”

He observed that many patients on PPIs are “still unable to eat the food they want or have to sleep sitting up to reduce nighttime reflux.” He also raised concerns about the continued use of PPIs, noting studies showing that “the long-term use of PPIs can lead to the inadequate absorption of minerals such as calcium and this can result in bone fracture.”

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Doctor Marshall, DO, FACOS, has been practicing general surgery, bariatric surgery and advanced minimally invasive (laparoscopic) surgery for almost 30 years.

The professional lecture series is a flagship program of UPAAM. It is intended to update its members on the latest technologies and trends in medicine. Past lecturers include Doctors Josefino Tunac, Buddy Ostrea and David Villanueva.

For inquiries, people interested in attending the lecture are asked to call UPAAM President Lavinia Mateo at telephone 248-318-5897.