Our Experts / Nicholas Boyle
Nicholas Boyle is the founder of RefluxUK and one of the country’s leading experts in the surgical management of Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease. He leads the Multi-Disciplinary Team.
He is based in central London at the Lister Hospital Chelsea and in Kent at The Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital.
Nick is a specialist laparoscopic, upper Gastro-Intestinal and reflux surgeon. He trained in general surgery and subsequently specialist surgery of the oesophagus and stomach at Guys and St Thomas’ hospitals in London and in laparoscopic surgery at the Minimal Access Therapy Training Unit in Guildford. He graduated from the University of Southampton and was awarded a Master of Surgery degree by London University. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Nick was appointed as a consultant surgeon in 2000.
Nick has become increasingly specialised over many years. He established the first multi-disciplinary team to manage Gastro Oesophageal Reflux Disease in 2013 and has performed the largest number of LINX® procedures in the UK. His centre has treated patients from all over the world.
In 2015 he established RefluxUK to introduce the multi-disciplinary team approach more widely for the benefit of the hundreds of thousands of people suffering from reflux.
If your reflux is bothering you and you’d like to discuss your options, please get in touch.
"Mr Boyle at RefluxUK is knowledgeable, experienced, professional and proactive. The whole team have always been helpful, efficient and caring."
Patient ‘C’ from North Wales
A few facts about reflux from Nick as quoted by
Each year there are over 60 million NHS prescriptions for the most powerful Proton Pump Inhibitor drugs such as Omeprazole.
This emphasises the fact that reflux is not caused by excessive acid production, but rather failure of the valve mechanism. This valve mechanism normally prevents the reflux of stomach contents into the oesophagus and up into the throat.
Some drugs actually stop acid production. H2 blockers including Ranitidine and Cimetidine can be bought over the counter. Their effect tends to wear off over time and so are less helpful as continuous treatment. Earlier this month both the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) published their decisions to review the presence of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in medicines containing the ranitidine (also known as Zantac).
NDMA is classified as a probable human carcinogen (a substance that could cause cancer) on the basis of animal studies.
The most powerful antacids are called Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) and include Omeprazole and Lanzoprazole. They should be taken half an hour or so before eating and reserved for patients who have more significant long-term symptoms, although low dose packs are available over the counter from chemists. Several studies published in recent years have linked these drugs with a variety of problems including mineral and vitamin deficiencies, gastro-intestinal infections, premature death, stomach cancer and bone fractures. However, at the moment, these drugs are generally regarded as being safe.
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
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Millions of Britons suffer from heartburn caused by acid reflux. A new study has shown that a magnetic Implant can help...
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