Your consultation is the gateway to understanding the cause of your symptoms and your treatment options. It is the critical first step in taking control of your reflux, and will be with a specialist doctor, usually a consultant surgeon.
Reflux is a notoriously complex disease to diagnose, especially in people where the symptoms are present in the upper airways, often referred to as LPR/Silent Reflux, so input from a specialist who sees reflux patients regularly is crucial.
In this short video Mr Nick Boyle, Medical Director at RefluxUK, talks about the consultation, what you can expect and how to get the most from your time with our consultant.
Here are the answers to some of the frequently asked questions about consultation.
You’ll be seen by one of our team of consultants. They are all experts in the treatment of reflux. You can read about our team here
We have clinics most days of the week so patients can usually be seen within a week.
The initial consultation will usually last for 25-30 minutes. There will occasionally be a need for follow up consultations, for example to review diagnostic test results. These are typically shorter and the fee is lower.
The vast majority of consultations are done by zoom video nowadays. This works well because reflux consultations do not involve a physical examination. It also avoids the need for travel and reduces the Covid risk.
At consultation we will listen to your reflux history and symptoms, and discuss the treatment you have had to date. The consultant will explain a treatment pathway that you can consider before deciding whether or not to proceed. For most patients the treatment plan is likely to include diagnostic testing in order to establish the cause of the symptoms you are experiencing. If you are exploring surgery, it is essential to identify that the cause is something that can be fixed surgically. All reflux surgery treats dysfunction at the lower oesophageal sphincter so we need to be sure this is contributing to the symptoms you are experiencing.
Yes, it's a good idea to do so. We will collect some information from you in advance that will be shared with your consultant. We also ask that you send any previous diagnostic results, for example your endoscopy report if you have had one. It’s also a good idea to prepare a list of any questions you’d like to ask. If you have had prior tests in the NHS, these are just as valid as any that have been done privately.
The initial consultation costs £275-£295 depending on which consultant you see. The shorter follow up consultations cost £175.
Yes, we send a clinic letter after your consultation summarising what was discussed and the next steps agreed.
It's possible, especially if you are undergoing diagnostic tests in advance of surgery. We encourage patients to see their consultant for a follow up once the recommended diagnostic tests have been completed. Two pre-operative consultations, an initial consultation and follow up are usually sufficient.
Please use this form to arrange your appointment.
The first step in treating your reflux is to get in touch.
A member of our team will take your details and arrange a consultation with one of our surgeons. This can be done by telephone, 'Facetime' or in person. Please contact us and provide some background information on your reflux history.