May 21, 2015
Professor Peter Dettmar, our company director, will be presenting at the ‘International Congress on Extra-digestive GERD’ in Italy this week.
The Congress, which takes place in Parma on 16 to 18 April, delivers a clinical and scientific educational programme with specialists from a variety of disciplines.
Extra-digestive manifestations of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease can include chronic cough, sinusitis, neck pain, laryngitis, asthma, voice disorders, sore throat, hoarseness and globus (a feeling of a lump in the throat).
Peter will present the latest information on ‘Detection in Digestive and Respiratory Fluids’ and will demonstrate Peptest, our reflux diagnostic device, at the Congress on Friday 17 April at 11.30am.
Also attending the event will be Biohit Italy Srl, our exclusive distributor throughout Europe.
May 20, 2015
The REZA BAND is one of the first non-medicinal, non-surgical devices designed to reduce symptoms associated with laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) – also known as silent reflux – including chronic throat irritation and cough, hoarseness, difficulty swallowing and post nasal drip.
What is the REZA BAND? The REZA BAND is a device that is worn around the neck while you sleep. The band aims to stop the regurgitation of stomach contents from passing through the upper oesophageal sphincter (UES) – the muscle at the top of your oesophagus that opens when you swallow and should otherwise remain closed – by adding a small amount of pressure (between 20-30 mmHg) on the UES.
What happens when I breathe or swallow? According to the manufacturer Somna Therapeutics, using the REZA BAND feels like wearing a shirt collar buttoned with no effect on breathing or swallowing.
How is it fitted? The REZA BAND is positioned around your neck with cushions positioned over the cricoid cartilage area. A Comfort Dial allows you to slightly adjust the REZA BAND for comfort.
How much does it cost? The REZA BAND is available in the US for $299 (£194) and must be prescribed by your doctor to ensure it fits properly and is comfortable. In the UK it is expected to be available via GDS Medtech.
How effective is it? According to studies, the REZA BAND can significantly reduce the symptoms of LPR within the first two weeks of use. 85 per cent of people studied experienced greater than 25 per cent improvement in their symptoms, with the average improvement being 54 per cent.
Are there any associated problems? Problems such as skin irritation, pain and choking have been reported by a tiny minority but these symptoms were generally mild and short in duration. According to research, there has been no effect on heart rate, blood pressure or cardiac rhythm either when the REZA BAND is placed as intended over the cricoid cartilage, or when it is laterally displaced, over the jugular and carotid vasculature.
May 20, 2015
If you have had a positive diagnosis of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD) or laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR), there are a number of treatments available to you.
In recent years there has been an increase in the number of surgical procedures available – here we look at the LINX Reflux Management System.
What is LINX? Reflux disease often results from a weak or damaged stomach valve called the Lower Oesophageal Sphincter (LOS), which allows stomach contents to reflux into the oesophagus. The LINX System is a small flexible band of interlinked titanium beads with magnetic cores which is implanted or wrapped around the weak or damaged LOS. It is designed to keep it closed to prevent stomach contents refluxing into the oesophagus, while at the same time opening to allow food to go down.
What happens when I eat? The magnets will keep the LOS closed to prevent reflux but will temporarily open when you swallow food and drink or when you burp or vomit. Most patients say they are able to resume a normal diet within days of the surgery.
How is it fitted? The LINX System is placed around the oesophagus just above the stomach through a laparoscopy or keyhole surgery. Patients are usually placed under general anaesthesia and the abdomen is accessed by four incisions and inflated by gas usually in a procedure that takes less than one hour. Watch this video of LINX surgical footage.
How much does it cost? In the UK, availability of LINX on the NHS is currently limited with the price for private treatment in the region of £8,000-£9,000 – for example, the Reflux Centre charges £8990. In the US, surgery tends to cost between $12,000 and $20,000.
How effective is it? The LINX reflux management system uses permanent magnets that are designed never to wear out. Patients have reported improvements in heartburn and regurgitation symptoms, many are able to stop taking reflux medication and many are able to resume a normal diet following surgery with minimal side effects. One LINX study says 87 per cent of patients were reported to be satisfied with their symptom relief at one-year follow-up and 86 per cent were satisfied at two-year follow-up. Read Garry’s story – he had LINX surgery after a positive Peptest confirmed he was refluxing.
Are there any side effects? A clinical study of 100 patients found that difficulty swallowing (68 per cent), pain (24 per cent), and stomach bloating (14 per cent) were the most common problems associated with the LINX system. Other risks of the LINX System reported less frequently included hiccups (eight per cent) and nausea (seven per cent). In most cases, the side effects were mild and resolved by three months after the procedure.