Archives for Reflux

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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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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South West Reflux in Partnership with UK Specialist Group

SouthWest Reflux are delighted to be a founding partner in the newly formed UK specialist group RefluxUK. This brings together a multi-disciplinary team of dedicated Reflux experts from around the country, including surgeons, physicians, scientists and allied health professionals. The Group aim to collectively offer the very best holistic care for patients with Reflux Disease and related conditions.
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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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UK Reflux Interest Group Meeting 2015

Leading specialists gathered in Windsor last week at the Annual Meeting of the UK Reflux Interest Group. Saj Wajed chaired the discussions which included the current experience of the LINX system and the relationship of reflux with functional gut problems. The Group agreed to re-convene at the forthcoming DDF meeting in June and aim to help promote better understanding and management of reflux-related disorders in the UK.
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Heartburn Cancer Warning

The National “Be Clear on Cancer” Campaign launched today warning about heartburn, a common symptom of reflux, and cancers of the oesophagus and stomach, and urges people to seek specialist medical advice.  A Public Health England  survey reveals that only half of those suffering with persistent heartburn actually see a doctor. The UK has one of the highest incidences of oesophageal cancer in the Europe. Early diagnosis and treatment can improve outcomes and prognosis.      
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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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