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