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. LINX is a small, flexible ring of magnets that opens to allow food and liquid down, then closes to prevent stomach contents from moving up. Simple as that.
Minimally Invasive Short procedure No alteration to the stomach
Resume normal activity in days No special diet
HOW IS LINX® IMPLANTED?
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.
WHEN CAN I START EATING NORMALLY AGAIN?
Patients are encouraged to return to a normal diet as quickly as tolerated. This helps the body adapt to LINX®.
WHEN CAN I RETURN TO NORMAL PHYSICAL ACTIVITIES?
Patients are generally able to return to non-strenuous activity within a couple of days.
WILL I BE ABLE TO BELCH OR VOMIT WITH LINX®?
Patients who have received LINX® have reported the ability to belch and vomit.
HOW LONG WILL LINX® LAST?
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.
CAN I GO THROUGH AIRPORT SECURITY?
LINX® should not affect airport security. All patients will be provided with an implant card to have available in the event an issue arises.
WILL I BE ABLE TO FEEL LINX® AFTER IT HAS BEEN IMPLANTED?
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.
CAN I HAVE AN MRI?
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®.