Esophageal Surgery for GERD at USA

linx_photo.jpgThe University of South Alabama Department of Surgery is excited to now offer the LINX® Reflux Management System, the only FDA-approved device to treat Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease.

GERD is a debilitating condition affecting 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. To the millions of Americans suffering from the disease, the LINX System offers a safe and effective treatment alternative.

The LINX System is a small, flexible band of magnets enclosed in titanium beads. The magnetic attraction between the beads keeps a patient's weak esophageal sphincter closed, preventing reflux. The system is implanted around the sphincter, just above the stomach, in a minimally invasive procedure. The process typically takes less than one hour.

LINX study results appeared in New England Journal of Medicine. A 5-year clinical study assessed 100 patients with chronic GERD before and after treatment with the LINX System. Results from the study showed that after treatment with the LINX System:

  • 91 percent of patients achieved freedom from daily GERD medication
  • 92 percent achieved significant symptom improvement
  • 100 percent eliminated severe regurgitation
  • 99 percent eliminated daily sleep disruption due to heartburn
  • 94 percent were satisfied with their overall condition

An FDA advisory panel voted unanimously in favor of the LINX System's safety, efficacy and clinical benefit. This positive vote was followed by FDA approval on March 22, 2012.


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