The LINX Reflux (GERD) Management System
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a chronic, often progressive disease with symptoms of heartburn and regurgitation. It is caused by a weak lower esophageal sphincter (LES) that allows acid and bile to reflux from the stomach into the esophagus. If you or a loved one is suffering from GERD, you already know how painful and potentially dangerous acid reflux can be.
If over-the-counter or prescription medications haven’t been successful in completely treating your GERD, you now have an alternative—the LINX Reflux Management System—and Middlesex Hospital is the only hospital in Connecticut to offer it.
How Does It Work?
The LINX Reflux Management System has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and is designed to strengthen the weak LES, working with your body to restore your natural barrier to reflux. It is a tiny ring of magnetic titanium beads that wraps around the junction between your stomach and esophagus. The magnetic ring opens when you swallow, allowing food and liquids to pass normally into your stomach, but it quickly closes again and is strong enough to keep acid and bile from coming back up into your esophagus where they can potentially cause damage.
About the LINX Procedure
The process of inserting the LINX system is minimally invasive and completely reversible because it does not require any anatomic changes to your esophagus or stomach. Dr. Jonathan S. Aranow or Dr. Jonathan D. Blancaflor—the only two surgeons in Connecticut certified to perform the procedure—will place the small magnetic ring around your esophagus, just above your stomach, using a common surgical technique called laparoscopy. You’ll be placed under general anesthesia during the procedure, but because it only uses very small incisions, it usually lasts under an hour—with most patients being able to go home the day after the surgery and immediately resume eating a normal diet.
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