Monthly Archives April 2014

Hiatus hernia surgery outcomes

The Exeter Upper GI team present their long-term  data for laparoscopic surgery on para-oesophageal hernia (giant hiatus hernia) at the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland (ASGBI) International Surgical Congress,  Harrogate, 30 April – 2 May, 2014. Research Fellow, James Brewer will detail the excellent results of surgery on over 130 patients across a 9-year+ period at the specialist centre.
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Debate on Reflux Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons

The 14th Bill Owen Symposium took place at the Royal College of Surgeons, London on Friday the 4th of April 2014. This proved to be an outstanding event, with international experts  discussing new advances and treatments in oesophago-gastric disease. A lively debate on the “Best Surgery for Reflux Disease” generated much interest. Professor Steven Attwood from Newcastle presented the case for Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication, and Mr. Saj Wajed from Exeter countered this with the argument for the novel LINX reflux management system. Although Mr. Wajed  agreed that Nissen Fundoplication was a good operation for reflux disease ,  an operation which he frequently performs, he felt that the
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Safety analysis of the LINX device

An analysis of the safety profile of the first 1000 patients worldwide to undergo the LINX reflux management system has now been published in the scientific journal Disease of the Esophagus. The study evaluated detailed, prospectively gathered information from the 82 centres throughout the world, including Exeter, which was the first centre in the UK to offer this through the National Health Service. The results demonstrate excellent results with a very low complication rate of 0.1%. Long term data regarding the efficacy of LINX, have already been published in the New England Journal of Medicine,  and six-year follow-up in the Journal
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