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LINX Procedure

LINX Procedure

Since GERD is caused essentially due to mechanical defect, it requires a mechanical solution. The LINX System is a small, flexible band of titanium beads with a magnetic core, inter-connected with titanium wires.

How does this work?

The LINX System is implanted to encompass the esophageal sphincter, just above the stomach. The magnetic attraction between the beads helps keep the weakened esophageal sphincter closed, thus helping to prevent reflux. The beads will temporarily separate during swallowing which allows food and liquid to pass easily into the stomach.

How is it implemented?

The device is implanted using a standard minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure typically taking less than one hour. Patients are placed under general anesthesia during the procedure. The LINX System does not require any anatomic alteration of the stomach. Most patients go home the day after surgery and resume a normal diet.

Procedure Benefits

  • 92% of patients achieved significant symptom improvement
  • 87% of patients reported complete discontinuance of PPI medication
  • 99% of patients reported no bothersome heartburn affecting their sleep nightly
  • 97% of patients required no change to their diet from heartburn on a daily basis
  • 94% of patients were satisfied with their overall condition after LINX

About NGPG's Heartburn & Swallowing Center

We offer fully integrated care and disease management for individuals suffering from esophageal disorders. This unique practice, lead by general surgeon and heartburn and swallowing specialist, Dr. Casey Graybeal offers both patient evaluation and treatment. We do all diagnostics and testing in-house and recommend a treatment plan to the patient based on intimate knowledge of each patient's history and issue. 

When surgical treatment is recommended, Dr. Graybeal can perform that for the patient, leading to a cohesive patient experience. However, surgery may not be necessary at that point, and we can recommend other therapies for the patient. 

If you are considering the LINX procedure, contact NGPG's Heartburn & Swallowing Center today at 770-219-9200.

FAQs

What is LINX?

LINX is a small, flexible band of magnets that is surgically placed around the esophagus just above the stomach to help prevent reflux.

How does LINX work?

The strength of the magnets helps keep the valve between your stomach and esophagus closed to prevent reflux. When you swallow, the magnets separate temporarily to allow food and liquid to pass into the stomach.

How is LINX implanted?

LINX is placed around the esophagus just above stomach using a minimally invasive surgical technique. The procedure lasts about an hour and many patients are able to go home the same day.

What does LINX cost?

For patients with insurance, the out-of-pocket cost is based on your insurance plan, including deductibles and co-payments.

Does insurance cover LINX?

Insurance companies and Medicare are approving patients for LINX on a case-by-case basis. We work closely with insurance companies to receive an approval for the LINX procedure before scheduling your surgery. Once you have completed your pre-tests and are a candidate for LINX, we will start the approval process.

When can I start eating normally again?

Patients are encouraged to return to a normal diet as soon as tolerated as directed by their physician.

When can I return to normal physical activities?

Patients are generally able to return to non-strenuous activity within a couple of days.

How long will LINX last?

LINX is designed to be a lifelong implant.

Can I go through airport security?

LINX should not affect airport security. All patients are provided an implant card to let people know they have an implant.

Can I have an MRI?

Yes. LINX patients may undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) up to 1.5 – Tesla. You should discuss the MRI scanning options with your doctor prior to deciding on treatment with LINX, but about 90% of MRI units in the United States are compatable with LINX.

 

Have Questions? Call (770) 219-8400