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Irish Sunday Mirror - - YOUR HEALTH -

I’d had chronic acid re­flux since my mid-20s and took pro­ton pump in­hibitors for 10 years, with­out suc­cess. I got used to pain.

A con­gen­i­tal weak­ness in my lower oe­sophageal sphinc­ter was to blame.

I de­cided to try the LINX Re­flux Man­age­ment Sys­tem pro­ce­dure. My sur­geon Nick Boyle, at Spire Tun­bridge Wells Hos­pi­tal, im­planted a de­vice the size of a ten pence piece around my oe­soph­a­gus dur­ing key­hole surgery. It’s com­prised of mag­nets en­cased in ti­ta­nium and opens when I swal­low then closes to restore the bar­rier to acid and bile. It was Christ­mas a week later and I was able to en­joy foods I’d had to avoid for 25 years. Ru­pert But­ler, 50, Kent

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