The Linx system is a laparoscopic procedure used to treat GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease. GERD is a condition where stomach acid leaves the stomach and moves up the esophagus via the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). The procedure utilizes a quarter-sized magnetic link device which encircles the patient’s reflux barrier at the bottom of the esophagus. This ring prevents stomach acid from entering the person’s esophagus, but is temporarily loosened by swallowing to allow food and liquid to enter the stomach. The device is installed through a minimally invasive procedure and patients have noticed changes after the first day. Unlike other procedures used to treat reflux disease, the Linx device is secured around the outside of the LES, and requires no changes to the stomach. Designed to last a lifetime, the Linx device is constructed of titanium, which is uniquely biocompatible and easily accepted by the body.
The Linx system is effective on those who find medication for GERD ineffective and continue to have symptoms even after taking medications. The procedure can help patients avoid a lifetime of medication, pharmacy visits, and potentially serious side effects.
The device is implanted through a laparoscopic surgery. Laparoscopy allows a surgeon to complete a procedure inside of the body, with specially designed tools through small incisions in the body. This technique allows for less pain, less scarring and quicker recovery times than traditional open surgery.
Patients are recommended to return to a normal diet as soon as they feel comfortable swallowing. This motion of swallowing and the utilization of the esophageal muscles help the body to adapt to the Linx implant.
Patients will receive specific post-surgical care advice from the doctor. In most cases, the patient will be advised to rest for the first day or so following the surgery and return to normal non-strenuous activity can be performed within a few of days after the procedure. Strenuous activity should not be resumed until the doctor gives the all clear at a follow up appointment, which usually takes place within two weeks of the procedure.
Linx is designed to integrate into everyday life and will not affect airport security metal detectors or equipment.
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