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LINX®: A New FDA Approved Device Changing the Treatment of GERD

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a chronic, often progressive disease caused by a weak lower esophageal sphincter (LES) that allows acid and bile to reflux, or flow back, from the stomach into the esophagus.

Dr. Wright and his Meridian Surgery Center have been chosen to be a part of a select number of facilities to offer a device called LINX®, an innovative new FDA Approved device.

LINX® is a small, flexible band of magnets enclosed titanium beads, connected by titanium wires. The magnetic attraction between the beads is designed to help keep the weak LES closed to prevent reflux (see Figure 2). Swallowing forces temporarily break the magnetic bond, allowing food and liquid to pass into the stomach. Magnetic attraction closes the LES after swallowing to reinforce the body's natural barrier to reflux.

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Figure 1: In people with GERD, the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is weak, allowing acid and bile to reflux from the stomach into the esophagus.

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Figure 2: LINX® is designed to keep the weak LES closed to prevent reflux, and expands to allow food and liquid to pass into the stomach.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How is LINX Implanted?

LINX® is placed around the esophagus just above the stomach using a common, minimally invasive, surgical technique called laparoscopy. Patients are placed under general anesthesia during the procedure, which is generally completed in less than one hour. Once implanted, the device will begin working immediately.

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Is this solution right for you? The LINX® System is indicated for patients diagnosed with reflux, as defined by abnormal pH testing, who continue to have chronic reflux symptoms despite maximum medical therapy for the treatment of reflux. Contact Dr. Wright to schedule a consulation and see if the LINX System may be right for you.