Oesophageal Reflux is a common condition which causes heartburn and a number of other problems such as cough, ulcers and bleeding. It is caused by a faulty valve at the bottom of the oesophagus which allows acid in the stomach to escape up into the oesophagus.
This acid is as strong as battery acid which explains the severe discomfort that it can cause. The majority of people with reflux have their symptoms controlled by medications and therefore do not need to consider surgery. People who have ongoing problems despite adequate medical treatment can be assessed for surgery which has a very good chance of removing most or all of their symptoms.
The operation used to treat reflux is called Fundoplication (Using the fundus, or upper part of the stomach to plicate, or tie). This operation creates a new one-way valve at the bottom of the oesophagus to stop the acid from coming back up.
Endoscopic treatments for reflux are not currently freely available. But we are happy to discuss whether you may be a candidate.