Symptoms and diagnosis: GORD is a very common condition affecting millions of people. 1 in 5 of the UK population suffers with symptoms such as heartburn, chest pain, bloating, nausea and pain on swallowing. It is also common, however, for patients to be treated for GORD without undergoing testing to confirm a diagnosis. In some cases this can lead to a lifetime of unnecessary drug therapy whilst the real cause of the symptoms is left untreated.
Treatment: Most cases of mild or infrequent GORD can be controlled by medication (usually PPIs), but for some people medication is no longer effective, whilst others may have concerns about long-term drug treatment. Until recently, the only surgical option was an invasive fundoplication procedure in which the stomach is “wrapped” around the lower oesophagus but the new LINX™ device offers a less invasive option. Clinical trials showed that following LINX™ Reflux Surgery, 92% of patients improved their quality of life and 93% reduced their use of PPIs. Read article