LINX Reflux Management System Denver

LINX Procedure for GERD

The LINX Reflux Management System is a new, implantable device to treat acid reflux disease. It consists of a series of magnetic beads held together by a titanium wire. Using laparoscopic surgery, the LINX device is placed around the lower esophagus. LINX is designed to be a lifelong implant.

In long term studies (4 year follow up) 80% of patients normalized the acid exposure in the distal esophagus. 80% of patients had complete cessation of PPIs, and 100% had improved quality of life measures for GERD. Patients are able to belch and vomit, so it is more physiologic than other GERD procedures. A small number of patients have had minor issues with swallowing (dysphagia) which usually resolves with time. LINX is titanium, and the latest model has been approved for MRIs up to 1.5 Tesla.

We are currently one of a select number of sites to offer the LINX procedure – Dr Bell has more experience with LINX than anyone in the Rocky Mountain Region.

Linx Reflux Management SystemThe LINX Advantage

  • Minimally Invasive
  • Short Outpatient Procedure
  • No Alteration to the Stomach
  • Resume Normal Activity in Days
  • Minimal Side Effects

*Generally expected user experience

LINX Now Covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield!

The LINX Reflux Management System is now covered by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas for the treatment of GERD as an alternative to surgical fundoplication. Studies have found LINX to be a safe, effective and durable treatment option for GERD.

At SOFI, we welcome patients from all over the country. Recovery after LINX is quick with little discomfort, and many out-of-state patients enjoy the opportunity to recover in beautiful Colorado.

Call SOFI today at (303) 788-7700 or contact us online to learn more about insurance coverage through BCBS.

No Insurance Coverage? You Could Still Get LINX Now.

SOFI is now offering the LINX procedure in a direct-pay model. If you’re a candidate for the LINX Reflux Management System, you could have your surgery now – no insurance approval required.

If you were denied coverage for your GERD surgery, or prefer not to wait for your insurance to approve a procedure, the LINX direct-pay option might be right for you. We offer affordable payment plans through Prosper Healthcare Lending, making self-pay an option for everyone.

Want to Learn More?
Call SOFI today at (303) 788-7700, or contact us online.


Reflux is caused by a weak muscle called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) that allows acid and bile to flow back from the stomach into the esophagus, creating pain and often causing damage to the lining of the esophagus.

LINX is a flexible ring of small magnets placed around the LES during a minimally invasive procedure. The strength of the magnets helps keep the weak LES closed to prevent reflux.

When you swallow, LINX opens temporarily to allow food and liquid to pass into the stomach.


LINX® is implanted using a surgical technique called laparoscopy. This technique uses small incisions in the abdominal wall to access the area around the esophagus where the device will be placed.
Patients are encouraged to return to a normal diet as quickly as tolerated. This helps the body adapt to LINX®.
Patients are generally able to return to non-strenuous activity within a couple of days.
Patients who have received LINX® have reported the ability to belch and vomit.
LINX® is designed to be a lifelong implant. The cases and wires are constructed of titanium, which has a long history of use in permanent medical implants. LINX® uses permanent magnets that are designed not to wear out.
LINX® should not affect airport security. All patients will be provided with an implant card to have available in the event an issue arises.
A small number of patients have reported sensations in the area of LINX®. It is not known if this is the device or the result of surgery in the area. These sensations have gone away over time.
There are two versions of the LINX device. One is safe in MRI scanning machines up to 0.7T, the other is safe to 1.5T. You should discuss the MRI scanning options with your doctor prior to deciding on treatment with LINX®.
Costs will vary by region and physician. Affordable payment options may be available. Talk to your doctor about payment and financing options.

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