The LINX Reflux Management system consists of a bracelet of magnetic beads that is placed around the esophagus to reinforce the weakened lower esophageal sphincter. The procedure is done under general anesthesia using the same approach as a Nissen fundoplication.
During swallowing, as food passes through the esophagus the magnetic beads separate allowing the food bolus to pass into the stomach and then close preventing acid reflux.
The Linx procedure is a new device used for the treatment of GERD. Long-term studies related to efficacy, durability and safety of this treatment modality are still lacking.
A recent study published in the New England Journal Of Medicine showed that acid reflux improved in 64 % of patients undergoing the LINX surgery. The most frequent side effect of the surgery was difficulty swallowing occurring in two thirds of the patients immediately after surgery. Difficulty swallowing persisted in 10% of patients for one year after surgery. The study concluded that the LINX surgery improves reflux symptoms and allows patient to stop their anti-reflux medications. The LINX however is a new surgery and longer-term follow-up studies are needed to confirm these early results.
Is LINX surgery appropriate for you?
At Houston Heartburn and Reflux Center, each patient receives a thorough evaluation for heartburn and acid reflux. Depending on your reflux stage, Dr. Darido will recommend the appropriate treatment that suits you best. Reflux disease is a chronic and progressive condition and treatment is tailored accordingly. LINX surgery may be indicated for some patients. Please request an appointment to see if LINX surgery is appropriate for you.