LINX Reflux Management System Denver
Conveniently located to serve Denver
LINX Procedure for GERD
The LINX Reflux Management System is a new, implantable device to treat acid reflux disease. People suffering from acid reflux can use a LINX implant to keep their stomach acid in place and prevent it from traveling upwards. At the Institute of Esophageal and Reflux Surgery, we are offering the LINX Reflux Management System to Denver patients.
LINX consists of a series of magnetic beads held together by a titanium wire. Using laparoscopic surgery, the LINX device is placed around the lower esophagus. LINX is designed to be a lifelong implant.
In long term studies (4 year follow up) 80% of patients normalized the acid exposure in the distal esophagus. 80% of patients had complete cessation of PPIs, and 100% had improved quality of life measures for GERD. Patients are able to belch and vomit, so it is more physiologic than other GERD procedures. A small number of patients have had minor issues with swallowing (dysphagia) which usually resolves with time. LINX is titanium, and the latest model has been approved for MRIs up to 1.5 Tesla.
We are currently one of a select number of sites to offer the LINX procedure – Dr Bell has more experience with LINX than anyone in the Rocky Mountain Region.
The LINX Advantage
- Minimally Invasive
- Short Outpatient Procedure
- No Alteration to the Stomach
- Resume Normal Activity in Days
- Minimal Side Effects
*Generally expected user experience
Ideal Candidates for the LINX Reflux Management System
Candidates must be at least 21 years old and must have no pre-existing risk factors for surgery. Ideal candidates have been taking proton pump inhibitors (PPI) regularly for at least half a year with unsatisfying effects. The LINX Reflux Management System is appropriate for patients who have suffered from GERD systems for several months.
Candidates must have no issues swallowing food. Healthy patients who plan to maintain their current body weight are excellent candidates for a LINX implant surgery. Patients who have not undergone anti-reflux surgery are candidates for the LINX Reflux Management System.
Your LINX Implant Consultation
During your consultation, we will listen to your experience with the symptoms of GERD. You must disclose any medications and remedies you have used to try and treat your acid reflux. It is important to let us know if you have already undergone anti-reflux surgery, since this can lead to complications when using LINX.
We will evaluate your medical history to determine if you are fit for surgery. We will have you take several tests to determine if the LINX Reflux Management System is the most suitable treatment plan for your acid reflux. We will prepare you for the surgery and further discuss the details of the procedure.
LINX Now Covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield!
The LINX Reflux Management System is now covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas for the treatment of GERD as an alternative to surgical fundoplication. Studies have found LINX to be a safe, effective and durable treatment option for GERD.
At Institute of Esophageal and Reflux Surgery, we welcome patients from all over the country. Recovery after LINX is quick with little discomfort, and many out-of-state patients enjoy the opportunity to recover in beautiful Colorado.
Call Institute of Esophageal and Reflux Surgery today at (303) 788-7700 or contact us online to learn more about insurance coverage through BCBS.
STOP REFLUX AT ITS SOURCE.
Reflux is caused by a weak muscle called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) that allows acid and bile to flow back from the stomach into the esophagus, creating pain and often causing damage to the lining of the esophagus.
LINX is a flexible ring of small magnets placed around the LES during a minimally invasive procedure. The strength of the magnets helps keep the weak LES closed to prevent reflux.
When you swallow, LINX opens temporarily to allow food and liquid to pass into the stomach.