LINX Reflux Management System
What is the LINX Reflux Management System?
The LINX Reflux Management System is a small flexible band of magnetic beads that a surgeon wraps around a weakened lower esophageal sphincter (LES). The attractive force of the magnetic beans is designed to provide additional strength to keep a weak lower esophageal sphincter closed, thus restoring the reflux barrier. Once implanted, the magnetic band, which is about the size of a quarter, opens when a patent swallows food then closes to prevent stomach acid from flowing back to the esophagus.
Studies show five years after a LINX procedure, 88% of patients report bothersome heartburn has been eliminated, 85% are free from depending on daily reflux medication, and 99% no longer experience regurgitation.
Is the procedure permanent? Is there a long recovery period?
The LINX procedure is completely reversible because your doctor does not make any changes to the anatomy of your throat or stomach. It is also minimally invasive, which has many benefits, including:
- Shorter surgical time—typically less than an hour
- Smaller incisions
- Quicker recovery—most patients go home the day after surgery and can eat a normal diet immediately
How do I know if LINX is right for me?
The LINX Reflux Management System may be appropriate for patients with reflux/GERD who have not had relief using over-the-counter or prescription medications. Your doctor can help determine if LINX may be a good option for you and your specific symptoms.