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LINX Reflux Management System for GERD Treatment

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 […]

Success Story: GERD Surgery

“I feel so fortunate to have been referred to Dr. Bell at after suffering with GERD for over 25 years and taking numerous PPIs that seemed to work only for a while. The staff at Dr. Bell’s office is so nice to work with. Kate is so knowledgeable and loves her work. My surgical options […]

Reflux Medication (PPIs) Increases the Risk of Heart Attack

After reviewing the records of 2.9 million patients, researchers found that people who take proton pump inhibitors (Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix, Dexilant, etc) are 16-21% more likely to suffer from a myocardial infarction (a heart attack). They determined that for every 4357 people who used PPIs for 14 days, there would be one additional heart attack […]

Institute of Esophageal and Reflux Surgery Office Updates

Welcome back, Natalie: We are happy to welcome Natalie back for the summer. Natalie’s a college student and is interested in going to school to be a physician assistant (PA). She has worked with us while on her breaks from school for 3 years now. When not helping Dr Bell with research projects, she helps […]

Medical Marijuana: Is It Safe?

lization of marijuana in Colorado, we wanted to share a few of our thoughts on marijuana use: Multiple studies show that marijuana use impairs overall cognition (the ability to learn and retain information). This is especially true in the younger population – under the age of 25, as the brain is still maturing. One study […]

Why Test for Gastroparesis Before Antireflux Surgery?

We started testing for gastroparesis before any antireflux surgery and have been surprised at the number of patients that have delayed gastric emptying, but do not have typical gastroparesis symptoms (ie nausea, vomiting). There have been a few studies recently published that show how antireflux surgery can break down faster if gastroparesis is present. If […]

How Experienced Is Your GERD Surgeon?

I saw a post on Facebook of a patient who had surgery a year ago and has had problems swallowing since then (dysphagia). For this patient, it is causing awful chest pains, excessive weight loss, and overall worse quality of life than before surgery. She stated she wished she never had surgery and just lived […]

6 Weeks After LINX Surgery and Doing Great!

Dr Bell will be 6 weeks out from his LINX tomorrow and is doing great! He is back to exercising and feeling so much better without reflux. Will occasionally have some discomfort if he eats too fast, but able to eat what he wants. Many thanks to Dr Lipham and his team!

Week 3 After the LINX Procedure and Still No Reflux

Things are going well for Dr Bell at week 3 after his LINX surgery. No reflux, no regurgitation. He still has to take small bites and chew well, but can eat anything he wants. He will occasionally have soda water as he finds this helps push things down. He has some mild pressure over his […]

2 Weeks After LINX Surgery and Dr Bell is Going On a Bike Ride

Overall things are going well after Dr. Bell’s LINX surgery for reflux. Has been back to work for 10 days, energy level good- even up for a bike ride. He will need a little time to build up stamina, however, he is looking forward to biking without regurgitating. Given the size of the hiatal hernia, […]

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