Saint Francis Medical Center is the first hospital in the region to offer the LINX Reflux Management System, a new service for patients who suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease. In this procedure, a flexible bracelet of magnetic titanium beads is implanted around the esophagus laparoscopically.
Gastroesophagel reflux disease, or GERD, is a chronic disease that occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter muscle does not close properly, is weak, or relaxes when it shouldn’t, allowing stomach contents back up into the esophagus.
“The Linx procedure is a great alternative to traditional anti-reflux operations, and may avoid some of the side effects,” says Carson Cunningham, MD, general surgeon at Saint Francis Medical Center. “It is also reversible, and patients are able to eat a normal diet immediately afterward.”
Not all patients are candidates for the LINX Reflux Management System. Ideal candidates are patients who have had an incomplete response to proton pump inhibitors in treating GERD and those who respond well to medications, but do not want to continue taking medications indefinitely.
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