GERD and Linx Reflux Management
Eric Boyle, M.D., F.A.C.S., a surgeon with Heritage Valley Medical Group Surgical Associates, is now offering the LINX Reflux Management System for patients suffering from Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Those interested in the procedure are encouraged to speak with their primary care physician or contact Heritage Valley Medical Group Surgical Associates using the consult request form below or call 724.773.6400 to schedule an appointment at our Sewickley or Bridgewater offices.
What is GERD?
The esophagus is the tube that carries food from the mouth to the stomach. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when a muscle at the end of the esophagus does not close properly. This allows stomach contents to leak back, or reflux, into the esophagus and irritate it. When this occurs, there may be a burning feeling in the chest or throat called heartburn. Sometimes, the individual can taste stomach fluid in the back of the mouth. If these symptoms occur more than twice a week, it could be a sign of GERD. Not all those who suffer from GERD have heartburn. Symptoms could include a dry cough, asthma symptoms, or trouble swallowing.
What is LINX?
The LINX® Magnetic Sphincter Augmentation device was FDA approved in 2012 for the treatment of GERD. It is an outpatient, laparoscopic anti-reflux procedure that leaves the native gastric anatomy intact. A ring of interlocked titanium-coated magnetics, approximately the size of a quarter, is implanted at the lower esophageal sphincter in lieu of fundoplication.
The LINX System is a small flexible band of interlinked titanium beads with magnetic cores. The magnetic attraction between the beads is intended to help the Lower Esophageal Sphincter resist opening to gastric pressures, preventing reflux from the stomach into the esophagus.
The LINX System is placed around the esophagus just above the stomach using a surgical technique called laparoscopy. Patients are placed under general anesthesia during the procedure. The LINX System does not require any anatomic alteration of the stomach. Most patients go home the day after surgery and resume a normal diet.
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