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 it 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

Patient Testimonial:

“Reflux truly made my life miserable. I couldn’t even bend over without severe reflux from my stomach.  It even got to the point where I couldn’t eat after a certain time of day.  Just drinking water created reflux.”  After the procedure?  “I didn’t have to take any pain medication. The results were immediate: the band was working, so food and acid stayed in my stomach. The damage from the erosion took a little time to heal, but the actual reflux was over right away.  It was a life-changing experience for me.” – Cathy M.

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. 

Request an Appointment

To schedule a consultation with NGPG Heartburn & Swallowing Center about treatment options for GERD, call us at 770-219-9200 or use our online form on this page.