LINX Reflux Management System for GERD Treatment
Reflux results from a weak valve between the esophagus and stomach (the lower esophageal sphincter). The gold standard surgery to fix this valve is the Nissen fundoplication. This surgery has been performed for over 50 years and works very well at treating reflux. The down side to this surgery is that there is a potential for side effects from the valve working so well. These side effects can include bloating, diarrhea, inability to vomit, and excess flatulence. With the LINX Reflux Management System, these side effects have not been seen.
The LINX Reflux Management System was approved by the FDA in March of 2012. Since then, there have been multiple studies documenting the effectiveness and overall patient satisfaction.
Highlights of one of those studies are:
- 92% of patients achieved significant symptom improvement
- 92% of patients achieved freedom from daily medication for GERD
- 98% of patients reported no bothersome heartburn affecting their sleep nightly
- 98% of patients required no change to their diet from heartburn on a daily basis
- 100% of patients eliminated severe regurgitation
- 90% of patients achieved a reduction in esophageal acid exposure
- 94% of patients were satisfied with their overall condition after the LINX® System
The FDA has recently approved the LINX for MRI up to 1.5 Tesla. This is wonderful news for those patients wanting a LINX, but needing MRIs for other issues.
The LINX is placed laparoscopically under general anesthesia. If present, a hiatal hernia is repaired at the same time. Patients typically go home the same day and can resume a soft diet after surgery. If a hiatal hernia repair is needed, then there are some activity restrictions while this heals. If there is not a hiatal hernia that needs repair, there are no activity restrictions after surgery. Most patients can return to work in a week or two.
There are several clinical studies we are involved in that are currently enrolling patients. One study, called the CALIBER study, will cover the costs of the surgery for those who qualify. Contact us to learn more.