"In my 60's I began having to watch what I was eating. By my late 60's I was experiencing severe indigestion/heartburn and a persistent cough which was worse at night. My cough was keeping me awake and waking me up as I choked on my own gastric juices."
"It meant eating my main meal at lunchtime and nothing after 5pm."
"My Doctor told me, Well you're on Gaviscon for the rest of your life, I'll put it on a repeat prescription for you."
"I knew I couldn't continue like this, so searched online and found I was suffering from acid reflux. RefluxUK explained that instead of having a drastic operation, a LINX® implant could solve all my problems."
"I phoned Mr Boyle's office and spoke to his secretary, who booked me an appointment to see him in the next couple of days. She emailed me a form to fill in before I saw him and the questions on the form related to all my problems with acid reflux. Mr Boyle recommended an endoscopy, this showed I had a sliding hiatus hernia as well as Barrett's oesophagus. Mr Boyle sent me for more tests in London and advised me to take PPIs for 6 weeks."
"After two weeks, they hadn't made the slightest difference but they had made me suffer with headaches and constipation."
"Mr Boyle explained the different operations available for me, as I felt surgery was my only answer. We came to the conclusion that LINX® surgery would be the best solution for me."
"I had LINX® surgery and had my hernia repaired in the afternoon, staying in overnight and going home in the morning."
"My symptoms disappeared immediately and it was amazing."
"In the beginning, I could only eat small amounts, very slowly and it was best to eat little and often to keep the LINX® band opening and closing. I was also finally back to having a good night’s sleep."
"Now, 4 months later, I’m coming up to my 74th birthday and I am eating normally, my life back to normal all thanks to Mr Boyle."
"Yes. I pray that the LINX® implant will soon be available on the NHS for all those that are suffering with severe acid reflux."