Anti-reflux surgery

About Gastro-oesophageal Reflux:

Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) is a condition caused when the stomach contents backtrack out of the stomach into the lower oesophagus (gullet).


Aslo see: LINX® Procedure

Spotting the signs

At present, the UK has the highest rate of oesophageal cancer in men and women in Europe, which may be due to smoking, rising obesity levels, a lack of fruit and vegetables in our diet and regular alcohol consumption.

The earlier the cancers are diagnosed, the more likely the treatment is to be successful.

These can include:

  • indigestion on and off for three weeks or more
  • feeling food sticking in your throat when you swallow
  • losing weight for no obvious reason
  • trapped wind and frequent burping
  • feeling full very quickly when eating
  • nausea or vomiting

About the treatment

Surgery is not recommended for the routine management of uncomplicated gastro oesophageal reflux but individual patients whose quality of life remains significantly impaired may value this form of treatment.  The indications for surgery are chronic gastroesophageal reflux which has been refractory to medical management, intolerance or hypersensitivities to a proton pump inhibitor and endoscopic evidence of peptic or oesophageal stricture with the need for dilatation and long term high dose proton pump inhibitor therapy.  This operation can be performed by Mr Brennan at a variety of hospitals in London.