Thanks for the info Bruce. It will definitely help in figuring out the TIF costs (when / if I get to it).
Regarding the clinical trials, I got to this site from Endogastricsolution's site:clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01118585?term=NCT01118585&rank=1
which indicates "Recruiting" against all the centers listed there.
and further this site here:www.tifregistry.com
I don't have the details of how one can enroll yet ... but it seems to me that these clinics are offering the procedure along with registering the outcome of the surgery in the registry .. I suspect this has nothing to do with the insurance and basically just that they'll include your surgery's results in the study if you also sign up for it.
My GI however - does not know much about
this surgery - and is in general not keen on me getting anything other than Nissen. He thinks he has seen several attempts (endocinch, stretta, enteryx etc) in the last 25 years and none of them worked out and Nissen is the only true time and tested one.
I am quite confused right now. I don't know if I should get the Nissen or not. Nissen if done correctly, can fix this thing for good (at least for a long time). However, it seems quite excessive for the kinds of symptoms I have right now.
TIF is therefore attractive to me but
1) I am not sure if it'll fix my problems (as has happened with you Bruce) and
2) is new, so will be have to work around the insurance problems, will be going against the wishes of my GI .... to name a few.