Reflux & Heartburn Sufferer

Thursday, 27 February 2014
After 20 years of suffering from reflux and heartburn, Portland’s Neil Ball had grown tired of waiting for the problem to ease.

Mr Ball, 48, had been taking tablets to control the condition but wanted to end the discomfort so consulted his doctor, Marg Garde at Active Health Portland, and found out he could have fundoplasty surgery.

He initially booked to have the surgery done in Warrnambool but after waiting for almost a year decided to instead use Portland District Health.

That decision turned out to be a good one.

Mr Ball got to move out of the Warrnambool waiting list and successfully had his surgery at PDH in September.

He was back at work at QUBE Ports at the Port of Portland a week later and is now enjoying life without constant stomach pain.

It was a lot easier to have it done here. Everyone was excellent and there was no problem at all, Mr Ball said.

I had been booked in at Warrnambool for nearly 12 months but I was able to get in at Portland in no time. It saved a lot of time and travel and was much more convenient.

Mr Ball needed to go on a diet for two weeks before the surgery but was well prepared and the operation was completed without a hitch.

The keyhole surgery was successfully carried out by PDH resident surgeon Mr Thair Abbas.

It was the first time Mr Ball has undergone surgery but he had no pre-operation jitters. I was looking forward to getting it done to ease the heartburn,he admitted.

Fundoplasty surgery strengthens the valve between the oesophagus and stomach, stopping acid from backing up into the oesophagus as easily.

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