A bunch of threads are on the forum from TIFF people. There is someone in Denver who does them. You can probably find him by doing a search with "Denver Tiff" in the search box at the top of the page.
My docs have done TIFF and other alternatives in the past, but they don't do them now because the rate of success just isn't nearly as high as their rate for Nissen in the high 90s. TIFF isn't supposed to be reversible either. Nissen has been reversed according to posters, although I thought it wasn't either. It doesn't really make a "new" valve as in heart valve replacement, but just tightens up the tissue there. You can find complete surgery videos and descript
More importantly, Tiff can't correct hiatal hernia, since it's done through the mouth. If the stomach is hanging around partly in the chest, like mine was, the only ways of getting it down is through the abdomen or through the ribs. I've already got slipping rib syndrome, so I wouldn't want any more pain there from rib spreading.
Avoiding trigger foods won't stop stomach contents from coming up while lying down if there is a defective valve. PPIs should help with keeping it non-acid and therefore not burning. Avoidance did help me though, with not spasmodically heaving up stuff that I shouldn't have eaten soon after eating.
Post Edited (Alcie) : 1/30/2013 9:38:58 AM (GMT-7)