Reflux Oesophagitis and Anti-Reflux Surgery
Reflux Oesophagitis is a common condition where an excess of gastric juices (Mostly acidic) inappropriately rise up the Oesophagus. This is usually either due to an excess of acid production or incompetent (non-functioning) valve. The latter may benefit from surgery.
The symptoms of reflux are common in the community and most patients are adequately treated by Proton-pump inhibitor medications (i.e. Losec/ Omeprazole/ Pantoprazole or similar).
Troubling symptoms include
- Unable to sleep lying flat
- Severe acid burn-type pain
- Chronic cough
- Change in voice
- Food sticking in oesophagus
Lifestyle modification can be very helpful such as;
- Limiting caffeine/alcohol intake
- Avoiding heavy/late evening meals
- Ceasing smoking
- Decreasing acid producing meals (trigger foods such as; Chocolate, tomatoes, spicy foods etc.…)
- Wearing looser clothing
- Weight loss
These can all have profound benefits in decreasing reflux symptoms.