Swedish Medical Center Heartburn Center Offers LINX Reflux Management Procedure for GERD Patients
The LINX® system is a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure that implants a series of interlinked titanium beads with magnetic cores into the esophagus just above the stomach. The magnetic attraction between the beads augments the existing esophageal sphincter’s barrier function to prevent reflux.
The LINX System is currently the only available device for the treatment of GERD approved by the FDA and is best for patients who have problems with reflux despite medication, who have a hiatal hernia of less than three centimeters and who have fairly normal esophageal motility. Like other patients with pacemakers and some other implants, patients with the LINX procedure should not have an MRI, but can have alternative imaging procedures such as CT scans.
In a clinical trial of 100 patients, 92 percent of patients achieved freedom from daily dependence on anti-reflux medications (PPIs), 90 percent of patients experienced a reduction in total acid exposure time, 93 percent of patients achieved significant symptom improvement and the percent of patients reporting moderate to severe regurgitation was reduced from 57 percent to one percent after the LINX procedure.