Are you tired of heartburn and acid reflux? Do you still have heartburn despite being on a medicine? Do you want to stop taking your heartburn medicine?
We are excited to offer LINX, a new, minimally invasive treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), acid reflux, heartburn, and bloating.
Antacids and other medications may reduce the symptoms of GERD. However, studies suggest that long term use of medication to treat GERD may be risky. Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), a common form of treatment for managing GERD, are only about 40 percent effective. According to a study by the American Gastroenterological Association Institute, many still continue to have GERD symptoms while taking these medications.
How Does LINX Work?
The LINX system is designed to stop reflux at its source. Using a minimally invasive laparoscopic surgical technique, the FDA-approved device is placed around the esophagus just above the stomach.
A quarter-sized flexible band of magnetized titanium beads serves to strengthen the body’s natural barrier against acid reflux while still allowing food and liquids to pass through when swallowing. the magnets open to allow food and liquid down and close to prevent stomach acids from moving up into the esophagus, stopping acid reflux at its source.
The entire procedure takes less than an hour under general anesthesia. The system begins working immediately and patients generally go home the same day.
- Precise procedure restores the body’s natural barrier against acid reflux
- Preserves ability to belch and vomit
- Reduces or eliminates dependence on medication
- Reduces gas and bloating
- Fully removable
- Does not limit future treatment options
Who is a Candidate for LINX?
Anyone suffering from GERD who is not adequately treated with medications or who is concerned about the long term effects of PPI and related medication.