Archives for Exeter

Stretta for Reflux coming to Exeter

It was a great honour to have  been  invited to visit renowned world expert Professor Luca Dughera at the University of Turin last week and observe him perform endoscopic radiofrequency therapy (Stretta). This is a new option for patients with reflux who do not wish to/are unsuitable for medical or surgical therapy. His hospitality and support was outstanding, and we would hope to be able to offer the Stretta procedure in Exeter very soon. Thanks to CJ Medical for their support.
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Pancreatic Exocrine Insufficiency Meeting

Exeter Upper GI were delighted to welcome Prof. Munoz from the University Hospital Santiago to chair a study day on Pancreatic Exocrine Insufficiency (PEI), a common and serious problem caused by pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer or resectional / bariatric surgery. It can result in malabsorption, malnutrition, morbidity and premature death.
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International Surgical Training Fellowship in Exeter

Congratulations to Mr Chinthaka Wijesurendere who recently completed the second-year of the Royal College of Surgeons International Surgical Training Fellowship with the Upper GI Team in Exeter. Mr Wijesurendere (pictured here to the left of  Clare Marx, PRCS)  has now returned to his native Sri Lanka, where his Exeter experience of advanced laparoscopic reflux and complex Upper GI surgery will enable him to pioneer specialised services in this field.    
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Four Years of LINX Surgery in Exeter

The South West Reflux Team recently completed four successful years of providing LINX anti-reflux surgery  in Exeter. Lead by Specialist Upper GI Surgeon Saj Wajed, the group now has the UK’s largest experience in this procedure, and have supported other centres in establishing a similar service.
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Advanced 1.5T LINX Reflux Management System available in Exeter

South West Reflux is pleased to announce that the latest LINX Reflux Management LXM models are now in routine use for all patients undergoing surgery in Exeter. The LXM device is MR conditional in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems of up to 1.5 Tesla (1.5T), and represents a considerable advance in technology. This offers greater versatility in the definitive treatment for patients suffering with gastro-oesophageal reflux disease.
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Advances in Clinical Measurement of Gastrointestinal Motility and Function

Exeter Upper GI Surgeon Mr Saj Wajed and Clinical Scientist Theresa Royles were amongst some 180 specialists attending the International Congress for Advances in Clinical Measurement of Gastrointestinal Motility and Function held in Ascona, Switzerland. Considerable progress has been made in the understanding of complex motility disorders involving pharyngeal, laryngeal, oesophageal and gastric function. The use and interpretation of advanced investigations including high resolution manometry, impedance and wireless pH monitoring, all of which are available in Exeter, are essential in being able to establish a diagnosis and optimise management of these challenging conditions.
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Exeter Upper GI at ISDE

The Exeter Upper GI team, lead by Saj Wajed and including research fellows James Brewer and Raj Veeramootoo were in force at the recent International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus Meeting, held in Vancouver, Canada with a total of five oral abstract presentations. Subjects included #LINX for #reflux, hiatus hernia and the long-term results of minimally invasive oesophagectomy. World renowned experts, Dr Tom DeMeester and ISDE president Dr Jeff Peters, both former mentors of Saj Wajed were prominent throughout the meeting with several keynote lectures on oesophageal diseases.
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Anti-Reflux Surgery in Young Adults with Disabilities

Severe reflux is unfortunately a common problem in children and young adults with disabilities, and the management of this condition is extremely challenging. Exeter-based Specialist Reflux and Upper GI Surgeon Saj Wajed will be addressing this issue in a talk at the British Association of Para-enteral Nutrition and Peninsula Intestinal Failure Network  Study Day, on 17 September 2014 to be held at the University of Exeter Medical School
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Two-years of LINX Surgery for Reflux Disease in Exeter

The Exeter Upper GI Team celebrated the second anniversary of providing LINX surgery for patients suffering with reflux disease. The Unit was one of the first in the UK to offer this service and  have the largest specialist experience in the country. Results so far have been extremely encouraging, and will be presented in detail at the 14th World Congress of the International Society for Disease of the Esophagus (ISDE) in Vancouver, Canada, September 2014.  
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