The LINX® Reflux Management System
Medications for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) are designed to control or suppress acid production in the stomach. But they do not address the cause of GERD, a weak sphincter muscle, and can't prevent reflux. Approximately 40 percent of GERD sufferers continue to have symptoms while taking medications.
The LINX® Reflux Management System is the only available FDA-approved device to treat GERD at its source.
A Look at LINX®
The flexible band of magnets prevents acid from entering the esophagus (Fig. 1) but allows food to enter the stomach (Fig. 2).
How does LINX® work?
The LINX® System is a small, flexible band of magnets enclosed in titanium beads. The system is implanted around the weak lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which is located just above the stomach. The magnetic attraction between the beads keeps the weak esophageal sphincter closed to help prevent reflux.
Swallowing forces separate the beads temporarily to allow food and liquid to pass into the stomach.
How long is the procedure?
LINX® is implanted laparoscopically in a minimally invasive procedure that typically takes less than one hour. Patients generally go home within one day.
What kind of results can I expect?
LINX® study results appeared in New England Journal of Medicine. The three-year results of the five-year clinical study assessed 100 patients with chronic GERD before and after treatment with the LINX System.
Results showed that after treatment:
- 91 percent of patients achieved freedom from GERD medication
- 92 percent of patients achieved significant symptom improvement
- 100 percent of patients eliminated severe regurgitation
- 99 percent of patients eliminated daily sleep disruption due to heartburn
- 94 percent of patients were satisfied with their overall condition