A new, FDA approved device, LINX Reflux Management System is now available! It "augments" the damaged sphincter muscle, yet still allows food to pass normally into the stomach while preventing reflux.
Gastroesophageal reflux, also known as acid reflux or GERD, is caused by a weak and damaged lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which is a muscular structure at the end of the esophagus, that normally prevents reflux of stomach contents upward into the esophagus. There is now a new treatment; the LINX Reflux Management Device.
The LINX reflux management system is available at our GI clinic in Chaska or Edina, MN. We are one of a small, select group of Centers in the United States chosen to offer this brand new therapy. We have the capability to evaluate patients thoroughly and properly to assure proper determination if someone is a candidate or not. We have also been trained in the special technique in placing this device.
The LINX device is a small flexible ring of magnetic beads placed very loosely around the lower esophagus at the site of the damaged LES. The beads composing the "bracelet" are easily able to separate or "open" to allow the passage of food into the stomach, then closes again preventing reflux. Remember, the LINX device does not squeeze the LES closed, but "augments" it, preventing inappropriate opening of the damaged LES. It is this design that allows it to stop reflux without the side effects seen with other treatments.
The LINX device is placed using minimally invasive surgical techniques under general surgery. You are asleep, resulting in a painless procedure. Placement of the device takes only 20-30 minutes. Usually, patients are discharged on a normal diet and usually unrestricted activities.
Recent data suggests that the body tolerates the procedure well. 85% of patients no longer need GERD-related medications. Side effects are minimal and quality of life was dramatically improved by LINX. 91% of patients would undergo the procedure again if needed and 94% would recommend it to a friend.
Not everyone is a candidate for the LINX Reflux Management Device, but Bhatti Heartburn Center has the capability to make that determination. As one of the exclusive LINX Centers in the United States, please ask us about LINX. It may be right for you!
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