For over two years I had a persistent cough and was constantly having to clear my throat. I suffered a lot with acid burning my throat and my voice had gotten very hoarse. I also suffered with heartburn. I had been to see numerous doctors and nobody seemed to be able to help. I had gotten to the stage that I didn’t really like to go out.
I was referred to a Professor Birchall who did a lot of tests for post-nasal drip. After having a thorough examination, he stated that he was going to refer me for the LINX® operation with Mr Boyle.
Excellent. After having various tests, the procedure was fully explained to me, even the fact that there was no accurate success rate as I also suffer from Sjogrens.
The surgery itself was very straight forward. Everything was explained to me when I arrived at the hospital. It was keyhole surgery and I was only in hospital as a day case.
From the moment I woke up, my cough had disappeared. I felt sore where the entry points were but nothing to be particularly worried about. Gradually, my voice began to return to normal and I was no longer having to clear my throat. The only problem that I encountered was a blockage of food when I was eating and having to regurgitate the food to clear the blockage. This has slowly improved, although it does cause the occasional problem.
I feel as though I have my life back as I am now happy to go out, even with the occasional blockage problem.
This is an amazing operation and I wouldn’t hesitate to have it done again.