Robotic Surgery for the LINX Procedure
For millions of people with moderate to severe gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), there were few options to help them control their symptoms. When lifestyle changes and medication didn’t work, the only option was Nissen fundoplication surgery. But a new device called the LINX® Reflux Management System is a medical game changer. And the Heartburn and Acid Reflux Center is the only outpatient center in the nation that can perform this procedure using robotic surgery.
Our surgeons are specially trained and accredited to perform surgery using the da Vinci Si Surgical System, the most advanced robotic surgical unit in the world. Robotic surgery does not mean the “robot” is in control. Rather, the surgeon sits at a console and manipulates surgical instruments with computerized fingertip controls that give precise and accurate movement in small surgical space. The system also provides a high definition 3D view of the site, so the surgeon can see the tissues better than with the naked eye.
Robotic surgery has been shown to produce the same ore better outcomes while reducing blood loss, pain and the risk of complications. Recovery is faster, and when done on an outpatient basis there is no need for lengthy hospital stays.
The new LINX device offers a less invasive option for surgeons to treat GERD. LINX is the only device approved by the FDA to be both safe and effective for treating GERD, which is the result of a weakening in the lower sphincter (LES) that separates the stomach from the esophagus. When the LES fails, stomach acid and food can flow up from the stomach into the esophagus, causing inflammation, irritation and, over time, potentially life-threatening conditions such as esophageal cancer.
The LINX™ device allows surgeons to support the weak LES with a small device placed around the sphincter. The LINK is a small flexible band of interlinked titanium beads with magnetic cores. The magnetic attraction between the beads helps the LES resist opening and prevent reflux. When done robotically, this surgery usually takes less than one hour. Following surgery, patients generally remain at the Center for 23 hours for observation. During that time, you will have your own private nurse providing one-on-one care. You will also be assigned a personal patient care advocate and program coordinator.
The device has proven to be very successful. According to research in the New England Journal of Medicine, nearly all LINX patients saw their reflux symptoms substantially reduced or eliminated, and were able to decrease or stop using reflux medications. Ninety-four percent of patients reported satisfaction with their overall condition after having the LINX System, compared to 13 percent before treatment while taking medication.
No medical procedure is guaranteed, however, and successful outcomes depend on the procedure and the patient. We do guarantee that Heartburn and Acid Reflux Center’s board certified surgeons are specially trained and skilled to perform the LINX surgery robotically, giving our patients a distinct advantage in outpatient care.
If you have questions about the LINX device or your eligibility for the procedure, call the Heartburn and Acid Reflux Center today, at (855) 648-4799 and schedule a consultation
Reflux: The SourceGERD results from a weak Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES). The weak LES allows acid and bile to reflux from the stomach into the esophagus.
Reflux: Our SolutionThe LINX System is designed to augment the LES, the aim of restoring the body's natural barrier to reflux.
How Does the LINX System Work?The LINX System is a small flexible band of interlinked titanium beads with magnetic cores. The magnetic attraction between the beads helps the LES resist opening to gastric pressures, preventing reflux from the stomach into the esophagus. (See Fig. 1) LINX is designed so that swallowing forces temporarily break the magnetic bond, allowing food and liquid to pass normally into the stomach. (See Fig. 2) Magnetic attraction of the device is designed to close the LES immediately after swallowing, restoring the body's natural barrier to reflux. (See Fig. 3).