LINX®Procedure for Chronic Reflux Disease
The Center for Minimally Invasive Esophogeal Therapies at Boston Medical Center is dedicated to serving you and your family by providing you with the most advanced and effective medical treatment in New England for gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, as well as unmatched patient care. Our staff of compassionate diagnosticians, surgeons, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and surgical nurses collaborate to treat you in our state-of-the-art facilities and help guide you on the path to recovery in the most comfortable way possible.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a chronic, often progressive disease resulting from a weak Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES). The LINX Reflux Management System augments the weak LES, restoring the body’s natural barrier to reflux.
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 LES resist opening to gastric pressures, preventing reflux from the stomach into the esophagus. LINX is designed so that swallowing forces temporarily break the magnetic bond, allowing food and liquid to pass normally into the stomach. Magnetic attraction of the device is designed to close the LES immediately after swallowing, restoring the body’s natural barrier to reflux.
The LINX System is placed around the esophagus just above the stomach using a common, minimally invasive surgical technique called laparoscopy. Patients are placed under general anesthesia during the procedure, which generally lasts less than an hour. 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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LINX® Reflux Management System is a trademark of Torax Medical, Inc.