If you live with the uncomfortable symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), you might benefit from the LINX® Reflux Management System. Fellowship-trained gastroesophageal surgeons Marc Ward, MD, and Steven Leeds, MD, provide LINX to treat GERD and other severe reflux problems at the Center for Advanced Surgery in Dallas, Plano, and Tyler, Texas. Call the practice or schedule a consultation online today to find out if LINX is right for you.
LINX is an innovative, FDA-approved treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It’s a small ring of magnetic beads — approximately the size of a quarter — that your surgeon places around your lower esophageal sphincter as an alternative to fundoplication.
The device supports and strengthens your lower esophageal sphincter. This prevents your stomach acid and other contents from escaping into your esophagus and causing heartburn and other uncomfortable symptoms.
The surgeons at the Center for Advanced Surgery implant the LINX device during a minimally invasive laparoscopic surgical procedure. While you’re under anesthesia, they make a few small incisions in your abdomen.
Your surgeon inserts a laparoscope into your body. A laparoscope is a thin tube with a camera and a light on its tip that sends images from inside your body to a screen in the operating room. The device allows your surgeon to see inside your body without making a large incision.
They then insert additional surgical tools into your abdomen to fit and secure the LINX device around your lower esophageal sphincter. When the procedure is complete, your doctor removes the surgical instruments and closes the small incisions with sutures.
In many cases, the LINX implantation surgery is an outpatient procedure. A friend or family member can drive you home after your anesthesia wears off and your doctor releases you.
The LINX device works almost immediately, relieving your GERD symptoms. While it’s strong enough to keep your lower esophageal sphincter closed, the LINX device is flexible enough to support normal function. This means you can swallow food and, if necessary, belch or vomit.
The LINX device is designed to last a lifetime. Studies show that it provides long-lasting relief and reduces patients’ dependence on medication to control their symptoms.
The Center for Advanced Surgery team provides comprehensive pre-surgical consultations and exams to ensure that the LINX device is the best treatment for you. If you’ve tried medications, dietary changes, and other therapies to relieve GERD, LINX might be right for you.
Call the Center for Advanced Surgery or make an appointment online today to find out how LINX can stop your GERD symptoms for good.