First UK patient to undergo breakthrough LINX™ Reflux Surgery
Lewis, 28 from Ashford Middlesex had suffered with reflux for many years. He was the first person in the UK to have the ground breaking LINX™ surgery, and he is delighted with the results. “I had great treatment from all the staff and am doing very well so far”
Other patient testimonials
Carrie Summer: ”I underwent insertion of the LINX® Reflux Management System on 3rd June 2017 for symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux and Hiatus hernia, this is my testimonial.
I have always been a very fit healthy person, careful with a good vegetarian dairy free diet and a lot of exercise including hiking, gym, circuits and yoga. I started to get difficulties swallowing, either some food items or supplements would get stuck in my throat. This progressed into an acid feeling in my throat and upper chest area. Gradually worsening over time. I’d read that lifting heavy weights, especially for abdominal exercise could make the condition worse and so I stopped this. I noticed a slight improvement. I looked for trigger foods, spicy, alcohol etc. which did make things worse for me, but after time stopping them did not help.
My GP offered Omeprozole, which I took for a short while, I hated the side effects of taking this drug. I suffered from persistent belching/gas, bloating, constipation and generally feeling tired and unwell a lot of the time. I researched the long term effects of taking it and decided I did not want to face these complications or detriments to my health. I also was extremely concerned about my oesophagus which could risk scarring from the persistent acid reflux leading to the risk of Barrett’s oesophagus. I had blood tests at my GP surgery which discovered high level of C reactive protein, I was told this indicated a level of inflammation in my body.
After further research on line I discovered the LINX® system implant, I was intrigued, so I made an appointment to find out more, and that turned out to be the first step towards a life changing experience for me. I met with Mr Singhal, an expert in fitting LINX® system. I felt in safe hands. The team behind Mr Singhal have been fantastic, I have been very well cared for throughout.
The first couple of weeks after surgery I had a very swollen belly and awful pain turning into discomfort from the gas used during my keyhole surgery. The first month was spent getting used to the LINX® implant, and during this time I suffered occasional issues with swallowing and food would sometimes get stuck. I’d also get hiccups, I think my body simply needed to get used to the implant, but I also needed to become more conscious of not eating large mouthfuls of food or eating in a hurry. Over the first few weeks, on a few occasions I had some periods of pains in my chest that lasted up to 10 minutes. They weren’t severe, I was told these were oesophageal spasms, but I’m pleased to say they have gone away completely now, and I put it down to the body just getting used to the implant.
I feel as though I’m thriving. I’m still an active person, I go to yoga twice a week, I recently did a 10 mile trek on Dartmoor. I wouldn’t think twice about having the LINX® system again. I feel like I’ve been released from acid pain. I haven’t experienced any acid since my LINX was inserted. It’s like I’ve been given a new lease of life.
I feel very blessed, I am delighted with the outcome of my LINX, I am so lucky. I cannot thank everyone enough, this is the best operation for reflux and I would be more than happy to talk to anybody who is thinking of having the operation.
Thank you everyone.“
Patient SD: ”It is now 2 weeks since I had the LINX™ procedure and so far I’m doing really well. I have received excellent treatment, care and support from all the staff and medical team at The Reflux Centre. For the first time in years, I am able to sleep at night without being woken by the discomfort of reflux. I am delighted I went ahead with the procedure and would most definitely recommend it to others whose symptoms are not sufficiently controlled by medication. Many thanks for all your help in arranging the procedure for me and for your liaisons with my medical insurance company.”
Patient BG: “The LINX™ has helped a lot, and is a damn sight better than fundoplication. However, the MRI scan problem is not insignificant; it means there are a lot of potential conditions which cannot be adequately investigated without running the risk of reversing the polarity on the LINX™. I would gladly recommend the op to waiverers, but I could not, in conscience, offer any quotable endorsement without referring to this issue in any remarks I made.
Note: Since patient BG provided their feedback, there have been developments in MRI scanning. Read more
Patient BT: “The LINX™ has very much helped me from day one. I have no GERD symptoms and I feel a lot better now that I can eat whatever I want. I am still getting a bit of dysphagia, but not as much now and I am not taking any medication at all for GERD. I feel in control, and I can now focus on other things without the constant worry of GERD and its symptoms. I’m very pleased I chose LINX™ and would recommend it to anyone with severe, life affecting symptoms as I had.”
Patient IB: “Before I had the LINX procedure I suffered from a sore throat and breathing problems for a number of years which greatly restricted my general lifestyle, but since the LINX I haven’t looked back as I’m medication free and my life is back to normal again”
Patient DM: “I couldn’t be happier with this device, I can now eat and drink anything and I never suffer with reflux symptoms ever. I stopped taking medication almost immediately and with the experience I’ve had don’t hesitate in recommending this procedure to others. The only down side is the short period of dysphagia but it only lasts a few weeks and only involves, I found, cold meats and/or bread. Pastry, crisps, crackling, spicy food, beer and wine used to be on the forbidden list but I can now enjoy them all !”