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West Florida Hospital Offers Revolutionary Procedure for the Treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux

West Florida Hospital April 24, 2012

Pensacola, FL – Millions of Americans who suffer every day from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can now be helped with the new incisionless procedure called EsophyX™. David Tenniswood, M.D. and Jon Moore, M.D., both general surgeons on the Medical Staff of West Florida Hospital, are proud to offer this new procedure to patients in Northwest Florida.

“We are very excited to be able to offer patients the many benefits and minimal risks associated with EsophyX right here in our own community”, said Dr. Moore.

EsophyX™ is the first device for incisionless reconstructive surgical treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and is based on the principles of surgical repair of the gastroesophageal junction.

"EsophyX™ can significantly improve quality of life for our patients," explained Dr. Tenniswood. “Many reflux patients are unable to consume carbonated beverages, caffeine, rich foods or fruit without triggering reflux. They also sleep sitting up to reduce nighttime reflux. After the EsophyX procedure, clinical trials show that most patients can eat and drink foods they avoided for many years. Reflux no longer impacts their life like it previously did and they can finally get back to living."

EsophyX and the Transoral Incisionless Fundoplication™ (TIF) procedure also offer a number of other benefits due to their minimal invasiveness. EsophyX represents the third generation of surgery. The transition from open surgery to laparoscopy has been regarded as the major advance in surgery in the last two decades. Laparoscopy reduced the skin incisions typical of open surgery to only from three-to-five port holes. EsophyX, however, is a giant leap forward and avoids incisions altogether. EsophyX-TIF never requires internal dissections. Because of this reduced invasiveness, EsophyX lowers the hurdle for receiving an anatomical restoration of the antireflux barrier and allows earlier intervention.

With millions of Americans diagnosed with GERD and not fully satisfied with their treatment options, EsophyX offers an excellent alternative.

"Recent studies of EsophyX have shown that the procedure can reduce patients' dependency on medications with 80% of patients remaining symptom free after two years and experiencing a dramatic improvement in their quality of life," continued Dr. Moore.

Jon Moore, MD

Jon Moore, M.D.

Dr. Moore earned his medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City, graduating with honors. Following medical school, he completed a General Surgery Residency at Keesler Medical Center, Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, followed by a Thoracic Surgery Fellowship at Biloxi VA Medical Center, Biloxi, Mississippi. Upon completion of his formal medical training, Dr. Moore joined the U.S. Air Force and earned the rank of Major at Eglin AFB, Florida. Following his military service, Dr. Moore was in private practice in Kansas, serving on the Medical Staff of several area hospitals and surgical centers.

Dr. Moore is Board Certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.

David Tenniswood, MD

David Tenniswood, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Tenniswood obtained his medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, followed by a General Surgery Residency at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. After completing his formal medical training, Dr. Tenniswood served in the United States Air Force as Major of the Medical Corps at McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas where he earned the Commendation Medal and the Achievement Medal. He also served as Commander of Surgical Services Flight as well as Chairman of the Cancer Committee.

Following his military service, Dr. Tenniswood was in private practice in Kansas and on the Medical Staff of several area hospitals and surgical centers. During that time, he served in various Medical Staff leadership capacities, including Chairman of Surgery Departments and President of the Medical Staff.

Dr. Tenniswood is Board Certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is also a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons.

Drs. Tenniswood and Moore are currently seeing patients at their office located at 2120 E. Johnson Avenue, Suite 101, Pensacola. Their office number is (850) 494-3749.

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