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 – the only center in Colorado.

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.


Indications, Safety and Warnings

The LINX® Reflux Management System is indicated for those patients diagnosed with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) as defined by abnormal pH testing, and who continue to have chronic GERD symptoms despite maximum medical therapy for the treatment of reflux.Caution: Federal law (USA) restricts these devices to sale by or on the order of a physician.Contraindications: Do not implant the LINX System in patients with suspected or known allergies to titanium, stainless steel, nickel or ferrous materials.Warnings: The LINX device is considered MR Conditional in a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system up to either 0.7 Tesla (0.7T) or 1.5 Tesla (1.5T), depending on the LINX model implanted. Laparoscopic placement of the LINX device is major surgery.General Precautions: The LINX device is a long-term implant for use in patients 21 years or older. Medical management of adverse reactions may include explantation and/or replacement.Potential Risks Associated with LINX System: dysphagia, stomach bloating, nausea, odynophagia, increased belching, decreased appetite, inability to belch or vomit, flatulence, early satiety, device erosion, device migration, infection, pain, and worsening of preoperative symptoms.For more information on the LINX Reflux Management System, contact your physician or Torax Medical, Inc.

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