The Functional Gut Clinic are delighted to be part of the RefluxUK team bringing together a truly multi-disciplinary approach and surgical expertise from around the UK to provide reflux patients with access to all of the latest diagnostic tests and medical / surgical techniques to treat gastro-oesophageal reflux.
Millions of people worldwide are suffering due to Gastro Oesophageal Reflux Disease. Abbreviated to GORD in the UK, or sometimes GERD in America, Gastro Oesophageal Reflux Disease is a defined as ‘a condition which develops when the reflux of stomach contents causes troublesome symptoms and/or complications’.
Contrary to popular belief, GORD is not caused by too much acid, but rather by a failure of a valve that normally prevents the stomach acid from refluxing up into the oesophagus. The stomach has mechanisms to protect it from these highly corrosive substances, but, when these gastric juices enter the oesophagus it can cause burning and pain and may even cause injury to the oesophageal lining. If the stomach juice travels further up the oesophagus it can reach the throat or mouth, and enter the larynx or even the lungs.
In the short term, reflux leads to a wide range of symptoms, which may be intestinal, respiratory, laryngo-pharyngeal (LPR) or oral. In time, prolonged oesophageal exposure to gastric contents can cause complications such as narrowing, Barrett’s Oesophagus and even cancer.
The quality of life of patients suffering from GORD can be affected just as much as patients with more recognisable serious diseases such as heart failure, and diabetes. Sufferers of the condition may be able to reduce symptoms using antacid medication, but this will not cure the disease.
RefluxUK is based at 19 Harley Street in the heart of London’s medical district and at the famous Cromwell Hospital, led by Nicholas Boyle, consultant surgeon who is one of the leading reflux surgeons in the UK.
We work with other expert reflux surgeons around the country who adopt the same multidisciplinary approach and commitment to providing a specialist service for patients suffering from Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease.
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For more information on RefluxUK please call: 020 7043 0419 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org