About the Linx Surgery
When swallowing, the lower esophageal sphincter is designed to close once food has been deposited into the stomach, stopping food or bile from entering back into the esophagus, throat or mouth. Sometimes the sphincter muscle is not strong enough to accomplish this, causing the regurgitation and discomfort commonly referred to as heartburn, acid reflux or GERD. The LINX Reflux Management System is comprised of a ring of connected magnetic beads which are positioned to encircle the esophagus, helping to support the lower esophageal sphincter and enable it to remain shut after food passes into the stomach.
The Linx surgery is a new procedure for the treatment of acid reflux and GERD. With this system, the ring of magnetic beads separates while food passes through, and then closes again so that the food stays in the stomach. As with the Nissen Fundoplication, the Linx Reflux Management system is performed under a general anesthesia. Because it is a relatively new device, long term studies regarding the efficacy, safety, and resilience of the Linx Reflux Management System are still being conducted.
A study in the New England Journal of Medicine states that 64% of patients who had the Linx Surgery experienced positive results. Difficulty in swallowing was reported in two-thirds of the patients right after surgery, but that number dropped to 10% after one year.
Acid reflux and GERD are chronic diseases and are believed to lead to related problems in the esophageal tract. Some of these conditions can be serious. Medications may relieve discomfort but they are not meant to be a preventative or a cure and may present long-term side effects of their own.
If you are suffering from continued heartburn, acid reflux or GERD, contact Expert Surgical for a thorough evaluation of your condition, and to learn more about the minimally invasive options that are best suited for you.