LINX Reflux Management System
The LINX Reflux Management System is a new, implantable device to treat reflux. 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.
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, 100% had improved quality of life measures for GERD. Patients are able to belch and vomit, so it is more physiologic than other procedures. A small number of patients have had minor issues with swallowing (dysphagia) which usually resolves with time.
Because it is titanium, you may not have an MRI with the device in place. This recommendation is similar to other impanted devices (pacemakers, neurostimulators, some orthopedic products). Should you need an MRI, or you wish to have the device removed for other reasons, the device can be surgically removed. You may decide to have an alternative reflux procedure at that time, as your reflux symptoms would most likely return.
We are currently one of a select number of sites to offer the LINX procedure, the only center in Colorado.