Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital, Kent is offering a new treatment for chronic reflux disease (GORD) using the latest LINX® System.
The LINX® System offers a new treatment option for GORD using laparoscopy or key hole surgery
“Spire Tunbridge Wells is the leading independent sector provider for the Linx procedure in the UK. The consultant upper GI surgeon, Mr Nicholas Boyle, has made a real effort to develop a multi-disciplinary service which addresses the sometimes complex needs of the chronic reflux patient in a very positive way. Torax Medical are very happy to work in partnership to support the Spire Tunbridge Wells reflux service as it continues to develop and improve in the future"
Simon Freedman, Torax Medical Inc
"Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux and hiatus hernias are incredibly common and many people suffer terrible symptoms every day of their lives. Some of these symptoms can be difficult to diagnose and are sometimes misdiagnosed. Medical treatments including powerful antacid medications often don't work. Indeed, approximately 1% of all adults in the UK suffer significancy daily symptoms despite taking all available medical treatments.
The LINX procedure is increasingly establishing itself as a therapeutic option offered to patients in specialist centres. Over 2500 patients have undergone LINX surgery worldwide and the evidence accumulated over more than five years has been consistently very encouraging. The procedure is safe and very effective and more and more and more patients are choosing this option.
We take a multi-disciplinary team approach to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with suspected reflux. Our team includes experts in gastroenterology including endoscopy and physiology testing, respiratory medicine, ENT and laparoscopic key hole surgery. We aim to ensure patients get the right diagnosis and are offered all the best treatment options. These include LINX and we now have one of the largest experiences of treating patients with LINX in the UK.
For those patients seeking a permanent and minimally invasive solution to their symptoms and who either don't want to take drugs longterm or in whom they are ineffective the LINX appears to be the most exciting development we've seen for twenty years"
Mr Nicholas Boyle, Consultant Upper GI Surgeon at Sppire Tunbridge Wells Hospital
What is Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD)?
Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) also known as GERD, is a chronic, often progressive condition resulting from a weak Lower Oesophageal Sphincter (LOS) allowing acid and bile to flow back or ‘reflux’ from the stomach into the oesophagus.
GORD is a common condition affecting at least 10% of the population in western countries and is the leading physician diagnosis in gastroenterology outpatient clinics.
People experience symptoms of GORD in a variety of ways. The most common symptom of GORD is heartbrurn. Symptoms may also include regurgitation, sore throat, chest pain and cough.
If GORD is left untreated serious complications can occur such oesophagitis, stricture, Barrett's oesophagus, or oesophageal cancer.
The LINX® System
The LINX® System offers a new treatment option for GORD, reducing or eliminating symptoms through a simple, reversible procedure using laparoscopy or keyhole surgery.
The LINX® System is a small, flexible band of interlinked titanium beads with magnetic cores that helps the LOS resist opening to gastric pressures, creating a barrier to the reflux of acid and bile.
Swallowing forces temporarily break the magnetic bond to allow food and drink to pass normally through the LOS. The magnets then close the LOS immediately after swallowing to restore the body’s natural barrier to the reflux of acid and bile.
The LINX™ System is placed around the oesophagus just above the stomach using a common, minimally invasive surgical technique called laparoscopy or keyhole surgery.
Patients are placed under general anaesthesia during the procedure, which is generally completed in less than one hour. Once placed, the device will begin working immediately. Following the procedure, under our consultant's guidance, patients should be able to resume a normal diet and will typically resume normal activities in less than a week.
Unlike other surgical treatments for GORD, the LINX™System does not require any anatomic alteration of the stomach.
Side effects are generally minimal and resolve over time.
Our Consultants will be able to give you comprehensive information.
How effective is the LINX® System?
The LINX® System reduces or eliminates the symptoms of GORD without creating undue side effects.
A clinical study of the LINX® System showed excellent relief of GORD symptoms and significantly reduced levels of acid exposure in the oesophagus two years post implant.
This study also shows that two years post implant:
- 86% of people have completely stopped taking medication for GORD
- 86% of patients are satisfied with their condition.
- 90% of patients have a normal level of acid exposure in the oesophagus.
At Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital, Dr Maiden is the Gastroenterologist that provides diagnostic support and manages the implant registry.
Our specialist surgeon, Mr Boyle will be performimg the The LINX® System operation with all patients being managed through a multi-disciplinary team.
For more information or to book an appointment please call 01892 741150.