Mr Boyle regularly receives glowing reviews from his patients - some of whom are happy to share their views on this site. Here are just a few.
A few of the comments made by patients having undergone Laparoscopic Nissen's Fundoplication.
"Best thing I ever did. 100% got rid of symptoms. Symptoms all disappeared immediately after surgery" DB
"Certainly improved quality of life and would recommend to anybody with acid reflux not to take Gaviscon but to have surgery" HC
"Having suffered from heartburn it was life changing. No reflux at night following surgery and don't need to carry antacid medication around any more" MC
"Would recommend to anyone" IC
Rosemary underwent insertion of the LINX® Reflux Management System on 28th November 2012 for symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux this is her condensed story –
My name is Rosemary and I am 63yrs of age. l was very fortunate to have a LINX Reflux operation back in November 2012.
My recovery was amazing my food intake was very quickly back to normal. I Found small amounts of food little and often worked for me. In the early stages bread, hard fruits and dry meat was very difficult to eat and it caused me to hiccup. l found l had to chew my food a lot, eat slowly with plenty of water to help the food go down. However my eating continued to improve very quickly and I have educated myself to chew and eat my food slowly, which I believe aids a speedy recovery. I didn't at any time refuse certain foods - I persisted with all foods, as I felt it would help the LINX to work quickly for me.
My symptoms before my operation had been ongoing for a number of years with heartburn, reflux, and generally eating caused an awful lot of discomfort .
My sleep was regularly disturbed, having to sit up in bed to sleep to relieve my symptoms particularly reflux. I would also get a lot of sickness, sore throats and earache particularly when my heartburn was at its worse.
Since having this operation all of my symptoms have gone, the only foods that affect me are hard skin fruit which l now peel.
In the past 6 months I have never looked back, it’s the best operation for reflux and I would be more than happy to talk to anybody who is thinking of having the operation.
Another patient underwent insertion of the LINX® Reflux Management System in April 2013, this is his story -
My LINX® Experience:
At the age of 47, I never expected to experience such a significant life changing experience as I have had since receiving the LINX® system implant. Since my early twenties I’d experienced persistent acid indigestion and reflux, and for most of my life been a slave to indigestion remedies of one sort or another.
In recent years, the discomfort I was suffering was particularly severe, and tests revealed that I was suffering from both a hiatus hernia, and a weak lower oesophageal sphincter. My oesophagus was also showing signs of scarring from the persistent acid reflux. My mother suffers from Barrett’s oesophagus, so there were some concerns that I might go the same way without treatment. A couple of years back I was offered a Nissen fundoplication, but the reported potential side effects, plus the ‘no going back’ nature of the procedure put me off at the time.
So life progressed on a steady dosage of PPIs - firstly omeprazole, which worked for while but then seemed to reduce in effectiveness. Esomeprazole was an improvement, but I hated the side effects of taking all of these drugs. I suffered from persistent belching/gas, an excess of saliva, bloating, and generally feeling tired and unwell a lot of the time.
Certain foods would make my symptoms worse, so for a number of years this prompted me to go on a merry-go-round of exclusion diets trying to track down that elusive ‘cause’ for my condition. I now know that the root cause of my issues were physical, and not down to any particular food intolerance.
During one particularly severe bout of symptoms, I searched the internet to see if there were any alternatives to the Nissen procedure. That’s when I discovered the LINX® system implant was being pioneered by Mr Nicholas Boyle at the Spire hospital in Tunbridge Wells. I was intrigued, so I made an appointment, and that turned out to be the first step towards a life changing experience for me.
Mr Boyle assessed my condition, and deemed me to be a suitable candidate to receive the LINX® implant. It was duly fitted in April this year. The operation was performed using keyhole surgery, so recovery time was only a few weeks. Mr Boyle advised gradually reducing my PPIs, although I confess I just went cold turkey and stopped taking them entirely within a couple of days. Almost immediately I felt the benefits of the operation - reflux had simply gone away.
The first month was spent getting used to the LINX® implant, and during this time I suffered occasional issues with swallowing and food would sometimes get stuck. I think my body simply needed to get used to the implant, but I also needed to become more conscious of not gulping large mouthfuls of food or eating in a hurry.
Four months on, and I can’t remember the last time I had problems swallowing. I eat what I want when I want, and that includes all the good things in life like curries, beer, orange juice, coffee - in fact all the things that used to aggravate my reflux. Today I have no reflux whatsoever, even if I eat late.
Over the first 6 weeks, on maybe five occasions I had some periods of pains in my chest that lasted up to 10 minutes. They weren’t severe, but they were a little worrying at first. Mr Boyle believes these were oesophageal spasms, but I’m pleased to say they have gone away completely now, and I put it down to the body just getting used to the implant.
Since the operation I’ve also put on some weight. I’d always been a bit on the thin side, and I believe my condition was impacting my ability to eat as much as I wanted. In these last four months, I’ve filled out and I feel as though I’m thriving. I’m an active person, and I play football twice a week, as well as attend a circuit training class. People comment on how much better I look. I feel it too.
I wouldn’t think twice about having the LINX® system again. I feel like I’ve been released from a sentence of PPIs and swigging bottles of Gaviscon. It’s like I’ve been given a new lease of life.
After a lot of careful consideration in May 2010 I took the plunge and underwent gastric band surgery. Although personally, I don’t feel this should be entered into lightly as it’s a big step to make for anyone, and it certainly needs considerable thought. Equally it may not suit everyone, but it was the right decision for me.
Life changing! If you’re thinking of having a Gastric Band (GB) fitted you have probably, like me, tried the 100+ different diet plans on the market, you’ve been in and out of the gym, exercise classes and you’ve bought every quick fix weight loss gadget or tablet going. You may have a mountain of books, DVDs and toning equipment all on weight loss gathering dust. But there you are still with those large lumps and bumps that you can’t face looking at and adding insult to injury your doctors continue to tell you, you are at risk of diabetes, heart disease and/or hip replacements etc.
I have had a weight problem all my life, even as a child. I have been on one diet or another, calorie counting, liquid, weight watchers, slimming world, every conceivable diet imaginable, Hypnosis, counselling and slimming pills, over the counter and GP prescribed. I would lose a few pounds and then put it back on plus more.
Date of Gastric Band - 11 April 2012
Start Weight - 21 stone 7lb
Clothes Size - 22/24