The LINX® Reflux Management System involves a flexible ring made of magnetic titanium beads. When placed around the esophagus, this system supports a weak lower esophageal sphincter. The LINX® system has demonstrated consistent improvement in multiple studies.
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How it Works
The LINX® system is a revolutionary approach to reflux disease. The strength of the magnets on the ring keep the lower esophageal sphincter closed. Your lower esophageal sphincter (LES) is a muscle that opens and closes, allowing food to enter or stay in the stomach. By supporting this muscle, it can restore a natural barrier to stomach acid.
When you swallow, LINX® temporarily opens to allow food and liquid to enter your stomach. The magnetic attraction closes the sphincter immediately after you are done swallowing.
Not every patient is a candidate for the LINX® system. Some prior surgeries may disqualify you from the procedure. Additionally, testing will be needed before opting for the procedure, even if you know that you have gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
What to Expect
The LINX® Reflux Management System can be completed in about an hour—however, every patient and patient experience is different. You will be able to eat soft foods within 48 hours of surgery, and routine activities in just a few days. For activities that rely on your stomach muscles, such as sit-ups or heavy lifting, you may need to wait three to six weeks.
Are There Any Risks?
Every surgical procedure carries risks. However, the risks specific to this procedure can include trouble swallowing and temporary bloating. Your doctor will inform you about the limitations that you will have for MRI scans after the LINX® is put in (the LINX® system is affected by magnetic force, and an MRI uses strong magnets while scanning).