Reflux is a complex disease and the key to a successful outcome is thorough pre-operative assessment to establish the cause of your symptoms. We offer diagnostic tests to assess your suitability for surgery and perform the 3 main anti-reflux procedures; LINX™, fundoplication and gastric bypass.
If you feel you have exhausted medical therapy and want to explore surgery as an option, we’ll be pleased to arrange a face to face consultation with one of our consultants.
“Reflux disease can be terribly debilitating and I see many patients in clinic whose quality of life is blighted by it. With the introduction of LINX™ we now have a less invasive surgical option to add to the established laparoscopic fundoplication. For the right patient, anti-reflux surgery can be truly life changing” Surgeon Mr Rishi Singhal
What is acid reflux (also known as GORD)?
Acid Reflux, or Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), is a very common condition which affects millions of people. In fact evidence suggests that up to 20% (1 in 5) of the UK population have symptoms of GORD defined by at least weekly heartburn and/or acid regurgitation. Symptoms include heartburn, chest pain, belching, bloating, nausea and pain on swallowing, amongst others. Read more on: what is acid reflux disease/GORD and the typical symptoms
If you are dissatisfied with your current acid reflux / GORD treatment and feel it’s time to explore a surgical solution, we can help. The Reflux Centre is a private practice that specialises in LINX™ and fundoplication surgery, and together with our nationwide team of specialist surgeons we will advise whether you might benefit from surgery.
Acid reflux diagnosis
Our diagnosis and assessment of acid reflux is based on your medical history and the symptoms you describe. If we establish that a surgical procedure may be of benefit, we would require a recent endoscopy report and manometry test. These reflux tests will help us to confidently determine whether a procedure will be successful. We do NOT routinely use 24hr PH testing.
Most people with mild or infrequent acid reflux/GORD can be adequately controlled by medication (usually PPIs), but for some people medication is no longer effective, whilst others may have concerns about long-term treatment with these drugs. For these people, there are a number of surgical options.
Understandably, many people would prefer a less invasive surgical option to alleviate the symptoms of acid reflux and the LINX™ device offers this. In a revolutionary procedure, the LINX™ device consisting of a small flexible band of magnetic titanium beads is placed around the oesophagus, strengthening the Lower Oesophageal Sphincter (LOS). The contracting magnetic force of the band strengthens the body’s natural barrier against acid reflux, whilst still allowing food and liquid to easily pass through when swallowing. Over 90% of LINX™ patients experience a significant improvement in their reflux symptoms following surgery.
So if you are not getting symptom relief with medication alone, LINX™ could be the answer. A clinical trial, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in February 2013 showed that following LINX™ Reflux Surgery, 92% of patients improved their quality of life and 93% reduced their use of PPIs. Read the full article
For expert advice about acid reflux or to discuss your symptoms with a specialist consultant, complete our short form and we will be happy to arrange an appointment with one of our consultants.