Laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) is a condition wherein the gastric contents of the stomach flows back up the upper aero-digestive tract, particularly the pharynx and larynx. It is a type of extraesophageal reflux disease (EERD) and shares symptoms with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). These symptoms include heartburn, hoarseness, sore throat, cough, indigestion, and wheezing, to name some.
Laryngopharyngeal reflux can be challenging to diagnose and treat since some of its symptoms are similar to those of respiratory problems. Thus, those who continuously suffer from the symptoms of LPR should undergo advanced screening tests so they can be diagnosed and receive the treatment they need. Unfortunately, advanced diagnostic tools used to arrive at a specific diagnosis for LPR are not yet widely available. The good news is, patients have the option to travel to Southeast Asia where both diagnosis and treatment of laryngopharyngeal reflux is easily accessible for patients from all parts of the globe.
Southeast Asia boasts advanced diagnostic and imaging technologies used to diagnose this condition. Foreign patients can have access to these technologies at 70% less than what they would cost in the US and UK. Among the diagnostic tools used in Southeast Asia to confirm a suspected LPR include a test where the doctor feeds down a special fibre-optic camera lens down the patient’s throat so that clear and closer images of the throat can be examined via a monitor. Another technique used is measuring the patients’ proximal oesophagal/pharyngeal acid exposure.
Southeast Asia is also home to a number of surgical specialists who are trained and experienced to perform Nissen fundoplication, one of the surgical procedures used to treat chronic laryngopharyngeal reflux.
Among the best hospitals in Southeast Asia where patients can go for an LPR diagnosis and treatment are Subang Jaya Medical Centre (Malaysia), Singapore General Hospital, and Bangkok Hospital Medical Center (Thailand). All these medical facilities have the prestigious Joint Commission International (JCI) accreditation.