LINX – Magnetic Sphincter Augmentation For Reflux

LINX

If you are suffering from gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), you may experience recurrent heartburn, regurgitation, and bloating. Even though medications can help improve these symptoms, they can still occur from time to time. Fortunately, Nova Bariatrics & General Surgery offers an advanced solution. We perform LINX Magnetic Sphincter Augmentation for reflux at our Arlington, Irving, and Paris practices. Book a consultation with Dr. Alibhai to learn if you can benefit from this treatment.

What Is LINX®?

The LINX® Reflux Management System involves implanting a small device (LINX device) around the lower end of the esophagus. The device consists of a series of small titanium beads, each having a magnetic core. These beads are connected together with titanium wires to create a ring shape. 

The magnetic attraction between the titanium beads augments the function of your existing esophageal barrier. This prevents the reflux of acids from the stomach and lessens the symptoms of GERD. 

How Does LINX Magnetic Sphincter Augmentation Work?

Our skilled professionals surgically implant the LINX device near the esophageal sphincter (a muscle that controls the opening and closing of the esophagus). As the device functions, it prevents the reflux of stomach contents into the esophagus. This can help improve GERD symptoms, including heartburn and regurgitation. 

Even though the device prevents the stomach contents from backing up, it does not restrict the movement of foods or liquids down the esophagus. When you swallow food, the pressure in the esophagus separates the beads, and the food passes down normally. Once the food and liquids have passed from the esophagus, the beads close and return to their initial position. 

What To Expect From The Treatment Results?

LINX Magnetic Sphincter Augmentation has been used successfully in many patients for the treatment of acid reflux. Over 90% of the patients who have had this treatment noticed a significant improvement in their GERD symptoms and no longer had to take routine medications. 

The surgical process of this treatment usually lasts for an hour. We perform this procedure under general anesthesia, so you might remain in the recovery room for a few hours after the surgery. We will monitor your vital signs and ensure that the device is functioning properly in your body. You will be able to return home the next day. 

It is normal to experience slight dysphagia (swallowing difficulty) after the surgery. It usually occurs 4 to 6 weeks after the procedure. However, it is temporary and resolves gradually. If you experience any persistent symptoms, contact our medical professionals.

Schedule a Consultation With Us

If you or a loved one has been struggling with GERD or acid reflux, consult our specialists to learn if you can benefit from LINX Magnetic Sphincter Augmentation. Call us today to schedule an appointment.
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