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The Reflux Centre

A newly developed multi-disciplinary team for the diagnosis and treatment including The LINX Reflux Management System of Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD). Call us on 01892 741150.

Patients suffering with GORD can go undiagnosed for years due to the disease presenting in many ways. By having a multi-disciplinary approach, Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital can provide hope of a diagnosis to many patients.

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What is Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease?

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.

 

Common symptoms include:

  • Dyspepsia (Indigestion)
  • Regurgitation
  • Cough
  • Asthma
  • Sore mouth/tongue
  • Poor response to anti-acids
  • Chest pain

 

 

 

 

If GORD is left untreated serious complications can occur such oesophagitis, stricture, Barrett's oesophagus, or oesophageal cancer.

 

 

 

How can our Reflux Centre help you?

Do you suffer from two or more of the following?

  • Dyspepsia (Indigestion)
  • Regurgitation
  • Cough
  • Asthma
  • Sore mouth/tongue
  • Poor response to anti-acids
  • Chest pain

If you suffer from any of the above, the Reflux Centre may be able to help you.

For this condition a structured approach is normally undertaken. You may first be advised on changing your diet, losing some weight and not eating late at night. If the condition still persists, then over the counter medicines can be tried such as antacids. These can neutralise the stomach acid and reduce symptoms.

If a medical approach does not work then anti-reflux surgery may be considered. At Spire Tunbridge Wells we offer the latest revolutionary reflux treatment called LINX. LINX is an implantable magnetic ring device which augments your lower oesophageal sphincter preventing reflux. Please see our LINX page for more information on this anti reflux treatment.

The present gold standard for the diagnosis of GORD is oesophageal pH/Impedance monitoring as it allows us to measure both acidic and non-acidic reflux as well as observe behaviours such as aerophagia (air swallowing) which can make patient’s symptoms worse. Other approaches include standard pH monitoring which can be done with a nasogastric tube or using a BRAVO capsule which is clipped to the oesophagus during endoscopy. These tests should be performed if you have failed standard medical therapy and certainly before you consider surgery to ensure you have a clear diagnosis of reflux disease and to confirm a good association between your symptoms and reflux events.

 

The LINX Reflux Management System

Offering a new treatment option for GORD, reducing or eliminating symptoms through a simple, reversible procedure using laparoscopy or keyhole surgery

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24 hour impedance/pH studies

A diagnostic procedure to measure the levels of acid within your stomach

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Oesophageal manometry

A diagnostic procedure to measure the pressure within your Oesophagus

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The Functional Gut Clinic

An expert-led diagnostic service for the symptoms of GORD now available locally to Tunbridge Wells

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Bravo pH Monitoring

*Now available* A patient friendly test for measuring the acid coming up into your oesophagus

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If you have troublesome symptoms such as acid reflux, stomach pain or bloating don’t suffer in silence. Call us to see how we can help you 01892 741150

Now at the Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital.

RefluxUK is one of the most successful specialist centres in the UK with a proven track record in the diagnosis and treatment of reflux disease. The multidisciplinary team provide patients with advanced diagnostic tests, expert interpretation by a specialist and the latest surgical techniques.

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