LINX® Reflux Management SystemWhen it comes to treating gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), the new LINX® Reflux Management System is a medical game changer. LINX is the only available device approved by the FDA to be both safe and effective for treating GERD. It represents a giant leap forward and much-needed alternative to the limited surgical options previously available to the millions of GERD sufferers.
To understand how LINX works to resolve GERD symptoms, it is helpful to know a little bit about the disease. GERD is a chronic condition marked by a back flow of food and stomach acid into the lower esophagus caused by a weakening in the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). The job of the LES is to close off the space between the lower esophagus and the stomach. This doesn’t happen in people with GERD, however, and their stomach contents regurgitate up into the esophagus (acid reflux), causing inflammation and irritation. Left untreated, GERD symptoms can worsen over time and possibly develop into more serious conditions. Thus, an early diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan is critical.
If you’ve been diagnosed with GERD and your symptoms persist despite medical therapy, you may be a candidate for the LINX procedure. Until recently, the only surgical option was Nissen fundoplication surgery, in which the stomach is “wrapped” around the lower esophagus.
The new LINX™ device offers a less invasive option that allows surgeons to leave the stomach intact and support the weak LES with a small device placed around the sphincter. The device consists of a small flexible band of interlinked titanium beads with magnetic cores. The magnetic attraction between the beads helps the LES resist opening to gastric pressure, preventing reflux from the stomach into the esophagus.
Heartburn and Acid Reflux Center surgeons are specially trained and skilled to perform the LINX surgery robotically, which enables them to operate with enhanced vision, precision, dexterity and control for optimum patient outcomes.
It’s important to note that “robotic” or “robotically-assisted” does not mean a robot will perform your procedure. Your surgeon is 100 percent in control throughout robotic surgery.
As with other types of minimally invasive procedures, tiny, physician-guided instruments are inserted into one or more dime-sized incisions to perform the process. This typically means less blood loss, postoperative pain and scarring, a shorter hospital stay and faster recovery time.
Robotics give miVIP surgeons a technical advantage by providing enhanced capabilities, including high-definition, 3-D vision and a magnified view to translate their hand movements into smaller, more precise movements of tiny instruments inside your body. These capabilities take surgery beyond the limits of the human hand, ensuring the highest level of precision and accuracy in performing the LINX procedure.
LINX robotic surgery usually takes less than one hour. Following surgery, patients generally remain at miVIP 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.
According to research recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine, after LINX surgery, the majority of patients studied were able to substantially reduce or resolve their reflux symptoms while eliminating use of their reflux medications. Severe regurgitation was eliminated in 100 percent of the patients, and nearly all patients (93 percent) reported a significant decrease in the need for medication. 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.
As with any surgical procedure, benefits cannot be guaranteed. Successful outcomes depend on the procedure and the patient.
Call the Heartburn and Acid Reflux Center today and schedule a consultation: (855) 648-4799. One of our board-certified surgeons will be happy to answer your questions about LINX and determine if you are eligible for the procedure.