Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease Q&A

Dr Simon Campbell is regarded as one of our top Consultants specialising in gastroenterology. 

Here we ask him about gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) and the new STRETTA treatment for this.

Dr Simon Campbell

GORD is a digestive disorder, which affects the lower oesophagus (gullet). Stomach acid is refluxed into the gullet causing symptoms of indigestion and heartburn. It is often associated with a hiatus hernia.

Dr Simon Campbell

The most common symptoms of GORD include heartburn, indigestion, regurgitation, nausea and occasionally chest pain, chronic cough.

Dr Simon Campbell

The lower part of the gullet is wrapped by a muscle preventing reflux back up into the gullet. When this muscle is weak, reflux occurs. If the weakness is significant part of the stomach can prolapse into the chest - this is called a hiatus hernia.

Dr Simon Campbell
Being overweight or smoking will increase your risk of GORD. Pregnancy can also increase the risk.

Dr Simon Campbell

GORD is diagnosed usually by endoscopy (gastroscopy) and occasionally by using acid reflux monitoring.

Dr Simon Campbell

Lifestyle changes can often control mild GORD. Following this, medical drug therapy in the form of acid lowering tablets can be very effective.

Dr Simon Campbell

When medical therapy fails, mechanical methods (surgery) are used. For example fundiplication surgery, LINX antireflux surgery and more recently a minimally invasive treatment called STRETTA which can be performed during endoscopy.

Dr Simon Campbell

I enjoy patient consultation, the ability to apply scientific principles to medical complaints and of course, the ability to treat patients. The practical aspects of gastroenterology encompasses an ever evolving field of endoscopy. Ultimately some endoscopic treatments are superseding minimally invasive keyhole surgery techniques. I'm sure this is the future.

Dr Simon Campbell
Setting up STRETTA anti reflux treatment at The Alexandra Hospital. Being the first private hospital in the North West to treat patients was immensely satisfying.

To find out more about gastroesophageal anti reflux surgery call us on 0808 101 0337 or make an online enquiry.

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