LINX Reflux Management - Treatment for GERD
What is LINX®?
LINX is a small, flexible band of magnets that is surgically placed around the esophagus just above the stomach to help prevent reflux.
How does the LINX System help prevent reflux?
The LINX Reflux Management System augments the weak lower esophageal sphincter (LES), reinforcing the body’s natural barrier to reflux. The LINX System is a small, flexible band of magnets enclosed in titanium beads. The beads are connected by titanium wires. The magnetic attraction between the beads helps keep the LES closed to prevent reflux (see Figure 3). Swallowing temporarily breaks the magnetic bond, allowing food and liquid to pass into the stomach (see Figure 4). Magnetic attraction between the beads closes the LES after swallowing, reinforcing the barrier to reflux.
How is LINX implanted?
LINX is placed around the esophagus just above the stomach using a common, minimally invasive, surgical technique called laparoscopy. Patients are placed under general anesthesia during the procedure, which is generally completed in less than one hour. Once implanted, the device will begin working immediately.
How long will LINX last?
LINX is designed to be a lifelong implant.
What happens after treatment?
Following the procedure, under a physician’s guidance, patients should be able to resume a normal diet immediately and will typically resume normal activities in less than a week.
Side effects are generally minimal and resolve over time. Your doctor will be able to give you more information.
- LINX is made up of magnets enclosed in titanium beads. The beads are connected together by titanium wires.
- LINX was FDA approved in March 2012.
- LINX is indicated for patients 21+ diagnosed with GERD who continue to have chronic GERD symptoms despite medical therapy.
- LINX is about the size of a quarter.
If your heartburn symptoms continue to occur even after conventional treatments, you may want to speak a doctor about whether LINX is right for you. For more information or to make an appointment, call (225) 769-5656.
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