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RefluxStopTM changed my life

Sandra Brendle’s medical history reads like a pathology dictionary. After 37 years, the cause to her problems and an effective treatment was finally found.

Since birth, Sandra suffered from chronic stomachache and vomiting. She was diagnosed with child anorexia, severe respiratoryinfections with sinusitis, chronic cough, hoarseness, and laryngitis. She even lost her voice before a malignant tumor was found on her vocal folds. The many antibiotics severely weakened her immune system and because of the loss of voice, she was no longer able to work as a teacher. She experience depression and had several panic attacks. The turning point came after a diaphragmatic hernia and  massive acidity in the esophagus were discovered during gastroscopy.

As a result of the diaphragmatic hernia, the gate between the stomach and esophagus had slipped into the chest, which is why it no longer works properly. Stomach content containing aggressive acids could pass the esophagus all the way to the mouth. Most people who suffer from acid reflux have heartburn and notice the burning acid in the esophagus, but Sandra had reflux without heartburn. That is how the cause of all her illness could remain unnoticed for 37 years. 

Anti-reflux medication does not stop stomach content from rising, therefore Sandra and Dr. Yves Borbèly at Inselspital in Bern, decided on treatment with RefluxStopTM implant in December 2019. Since then, Sandra no longer must vomit. Her chronic respiratory problems are gone, her voice has recovered and she can finally sleep through the night. Follow-up examinations have shown that the acid level in the esophagus is perfect and for the first time her vocal folds are no longer inflamed.