Our Experts / Martin Birchall
Professor Birchall is one of the world's leading laryngeal specialists with 150 papers and £2M in laryngeal related grant income every year. He has trained in London, Liverpool and Australia and was a Professor in Bristol, Liverpool and now UCL London, as well as having an honorary position at the University of California, Davis, where he co-led the team that performed the world's second ever documented laryngeal and tracheal transplant.
He lead a cutting edge research group working on stem cell and transplantation approaches to serious airway disease. He led the groups that performed the world's first stem cell based organ transplants in an adult (2008) and a child (2010).Professor Birchall is one of only four ENT surgeons listed in the Sunday Times 'Top 100 Surgeons' list, 2011, and was Briton of the Year (Science and Technology), 2008 along with this. Professor Birchall has written published work on the effects of reflux on the throat, as well as on many aspects of head and neck disease. In clinic, he uses the latest in imaging technology to view the throat of patients with various problems including voice, swallowing and breathing. He also sees patients with chronic coughs and is an expert in treating pharyngeal pouches, with 75% of his practice being patients referred from other consultants due to the difficulty of their problems.
After my treatment I no longer suffer from any reflux symptoms. Sleep is better and I can eat and drink normally.
Heartburn (both at night and during the day), regurgitation (mainly at night), poor quality of sleep, pain while exercising. Since the age of 18 (approximately 17 years).
Rajiv - London LINX® TreatmentRead more
I feel healthier than I have in a long time.
Experienced heartburn on and off for years and then started experiencing constant nausea and regurgitation with reflux everyday.
Jodie - Kent LINX® TreatmentRead more
Feeling amazing now and have virtually forgotten how my life was before the LINX®. I can eat anything and everything.
I had severe heartburn and regurgitation for 15 years.
Dale - East Sussex LINX® TreatmentRead more
The surgery has been life changing for me, I can eat anything and no longer wake at night in pain.
I had my surgery when I was almost 60 years old, having suffered from acid reflux for over 25 years.
Rachel - Oxfordshire LINX® TreatmentRead more
I had seen various doctors (and had many blood tests and test procedures done), yet I was often misdiagnosed/not diagnosed at all
It was a massive relief to finally receive a diagnosis.
Emily SIBO TreatmentRead more
For over two years I had a persistent cough and was constantly having to clear my throat.
This is an amazing operation and I wouldn’t hesitate to have it done again.
Mandy - Kent LINX® TreatmentRead more
I would say I'm feeling better now than I have for the last 20 years.
I'm now eating really well, including things I haven't eaten for years like curry and French onion soup.
Maureen - East Sussex Fundoplication TreatmentRead more
I was born with a hiatus hernia, and so have experienced reflux in one form or another from childhood.
I am no longer on PPIs or Gavison. It’s like having a new life.
Jacqueline - Kent LINX® TreatmentRead more
I suddenly developed reflux symptoms about two and a half years ago, I suffered from acute, severe pain during eating, it was so bad that it prevented me speaking for minutes at a time.
I often had to hold onto something until the pain subsided. In fact it was so bad I thought it might be cancer and I was very worried about it.
Marcos - Kent LINX® TreatmentRead more
It has now been 9 months since my operation and I can honestly say it is one of the best things that I have done.
At 47 years of age, I finally realised that I had to do something about my acid reflux.
Justin - Hayes LINX® TreatmentRead more
I would recommend that anyone who is experiencing reflux symptoms should seriously consider this surgical procedure.
I experienced regular heartburn, central chest pain, throat discomfort, an unpleasant taste in the mouth, mild nausea, bloating, the feeling of something stuck in my throat, and regurgitation when bending over...
Susan - Kent LINX® TreatmentRead more
The fitting of a Linx device has proved to be an intervention that has given me the best possible outcome.
Initially, my only problem was indigestion, which I put down to the development of food intolerance and I made many initiatives to avoid certain foods and types of drink...
Brett - West Sussex LINX® TreatmentRead more
I would definitely recommend RefluxUK to anyone who has reflux. The outcome I have experienced is far greater than I could ever have imagined.
As a young child I first experienced vague symptoms which at the time weren’t linked to being caused by reflux...
Emma - Buckinghamshire LINX® TreatmentRead more
I had a very sudden onset of GERD and reflux following an incident in weight training.
It became more acute quite quickly and although there were high doses of PPIs prescribed none really seem to have much effect...
Danielle - East Sussex LINX® TreatmentRead more
I started to feel nauseous whenever I ate something. This meant I couldn’t cope at work, feeling sick all the time.
After a few days off and very suppressed eating I felt better but still had a few other symptoms like a lump in my throat and the need to keep sipping water to clear it...
Richard - Kent LINX® TreatmentRead more
I have had no heartburn or reflux since surgery and have found I can eat and drink anything.
I suffered from heart burn for most of my adult life particularly in the last 6 to 7 years where my symptoms worsened...
Lee - Kent LINX® TreatmentRead more
Being able to eat all my favourite foods and drink alcohol again without any acid reflux is fantastic.
My reflux symptoms started in January 2017 with the sensation of a lump in my throat...
Grace - London LINX® TreatmentRead more
After 1 month I am symptom and medication free.
My initial symptom was a pain to the left of the breastbone and started about 18 years ago whilst I was in university trying to drink my own body weight each week...
Robin - Kent LINX® TreatmentRead more
Being believed was the start of my recovery.
In 2013 I started to experience pains in my stomach
Lynne - Kent LINX® TreatmentRead more
By my late 60's I was experiencing severe indigestion/heartburn and a persistent cough which was worse at night.
In my 60's I began having to watch what I was eating.
Jan - West Sussex LINX® TreatmentRead more
How a tiny necklace of magnets ends misery of heartburn.
Millions of Britons suffer from heartburn caused by acid reflux. A new study has shown that a magnetic Implant can help...
Russell - Northumberland LINX® TreatmentRead more
My magic magnets
Pauline found a novel cure for her nagging cough...
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