Because GERD is a caused by a mechanical defect, it requires a mechanical solution. The LINX System is a small, flexible band of magnets enclosed in titanium beads. Those beads are connected by titanium wires.
The system is implanted around the esophageal sphincter, above the stomach.
The magnetic attraction between the beads keeps the sphincter closed to help prevent reflux. (Figure 1)
Swallowing temporarily separates the beads, allowing food and liquid to pass into the stomach. (Figure 2)
LINX is implanted laparoscopically during a minimally invasive procedure that typically takes less than one hour.
Patients generally go home within one day.
Medications for GERD attempt to control or suppress acid production in the stomach, but they don't address the cause of GERD, a weak sphincter muscle, and they can’t prevent reflux. Roughly 40 percent of people suffering from GERD continue to have symptoms while taking medications.
The LINX System is indicated for those patients diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease as defined by abnormal pH testing, and who continue to have chronic GERD symptoms despite maximum medical therapy for the treatment of reflux.
To learn more, please contact Nurse Manager Valerie Heinl at 251-471-7413 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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