Suffering from acid reflux or GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) that can't be controlled with medication? The LINX procedure might be right for you.
During a minimally invasive surgical procedure, a tiny magnetic bracelet made of titanium is placed around the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). The strength of the magnets helps keep the weak LES closed to prevent reflux. When the patient swallows, LINX opens temporarily to allow food and liquid to pass into the stomach. The procedure takes about an hour and is performed under general anesthesia.
The LINX procedure does not alter the stomach or esophagus, which allows the patient to recover quickly. Most patients go home from the hospital the day after surgery.
Benefits of the LINX procedure:
- Reduction or elimination of acid reflux and heartburn
- Reduction or elimination of anti-reflux medications
- Less invasive than standard surgical treatment for GERD
- Faster recovery and return to a normal diet
Designed for everyday life
LINX will not affect airport security, and patients may undergo magnetic resonance imaging. Patients should discuss the MRI scanning options with their doctor prior to deciding on treatment with LINX®. LINX® patients can also undergo a CT scan, ultrasound, x-ray, and PET scan.