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A small, flexible band of interlinked titanium beads intended to help the lower esophageal sphincter resist opening to gastric pressures, preventing reflux from the stomach into the esophagus.
Watch this video to learn how the LINX® system made a positive impact on a life of one of Dr. Mandel’s patients.
LINX® is a small implant comprised of interlinked titanium beads with magnetic cores. The magnetic attraction between the beads augments the existing esophageal sphincter’s barrier function to prevent reflux. The device is implanted using a standard minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure and is an alternative to the more anatomically disruptive fundoplication, commonly used in surgical anti-reflux procedures.
The LINX® Reflux Management System is indicated for those patients diagnosed with GERD as defined by abnormal pH testing, and who are seeking an alternative to continuous acid suppression therapy. LINX® does require a surgical procedure and is associated with potential risks, contraindications and lifestyle modifications. For more information on LINX®, please visit www.linxforlife.com.
SouthCoast Health surgeon, Dr. Jeffrey Mandel has been implanting LINX® since 2013 and has performed over 200 LINX® procedures. Find out if you are a candidate for LINX® by calling SouthCoast Health Surgery at 912.354.6303 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mandel.
Reflux (also called Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD) is caused by a weak muscle in your esophagus called the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) that allows acid and bile to flow back from the stomach into the esophagus, causing damage to the lining of the esophagus, throat and lungs.
LINX is easy to understand and love because it is simple. It is a small, flexible ring of magnets that opens to allow food and liquid down, then closes to prevent stomach contents from moving up.
Are you concerned with a lifetime of medication, pharmacy visits and potential side effects? LINX is intended for patients diagnosed with reflux disease who continue to suffer symptoms despite taking medication. If this sounds like you, it may be time for LINX.
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®.
LINX® is a small implant comprised of interlinked titanium beads with magnetic cores. The magnetic attraction between the beads augments the existing esophageal sphincter’s barrier function to prevent reflux. The device is implanted using a standard minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure and is an alternative to the more anatomically disruptive fundoplication, commonly used in surgical anti-reflux procedures. The LINX® Reflux Management System is indicated for those patients diagnosed with GERD as defined by abnormal pH testing, and who are seeking an alternative to continuous acid suppression therapy. For more information about LINX, or to find a physician, visit www.linxforlife.com.
LINX® does require a surgical procedure and is associated with potential risks, contraindications and life style modifications. For more information on LINX®, including a statement of risks, please visit www.linxforlife.com.
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