LINX is a novel medical device used to treat the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, resulting from weakness in the Lower Esophageal Sphincter LES. The LES is the muscle that forms a one-way valve between the esophagus and the stomach. It allows food and drinks to pass through while stopping acid from returning to the esophagus. When it weakens, damaging acid can reflux back into the esophagus, causing significant discomfort and complications.
The LINX device looks like a small bracelet, about the diameter of a quarter, with titanium beads and a magnetic clasp. Using laparoscopic techniques, the device is placed around the LES in a minimally invasive procedure lasting approximately 15-to-20 minutes. Once the magnetic clasp is closed, the device offers extra pressure to assist the LES in closing completely.
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia in an outpatient setting, meaning patients will go home on the day of surgery. The minimally invasive nature of the procedure allows patients to resume regular activity soon after surgery.
While more invasive fundoplication has been the gold standard in GERD treatment over the past few decades, the LINX device addresses many of its most common risks and considerations in qualifying patients.
The LINX procedure is truly a transformative device in the management of GERD. We encourage you to contact our office to learn more about the procedure and see if you qualify.