LINX Reflux Surgery

Got persistent heartburn or reflux?

Almost everyone suffers from the occasional bout of heartburn or reflux, but when it becomes more frequent, leads to problems swallowing, chest pain, cough sore throat, and/or problems sleeping, it’s time to see a reflux specialist. Left untreated gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can cause serious problems such as Barrett's esophagus which can put you at increased risk for esophageal cancer.

The good news is Gundersen Health System offers the minimally invasive LINX procedure to permanently eliminate the cause of reflux, not just mask the symptoms. The LINX procedure may be right for you if:

  • You have severe heartburn not helped by proton-pump inhibitors (PPI), medications to reduce gastric acid
  • You still experience symptoms while on PPI medication 
  • You experience significant side effects with PPI therapy 
  • You don’t want the more traditional Nissen fundoplication surgical procedure to strengthen the barrier that normally prevents reflux by altering the anatomy
  • You don’t want to take PPIs long-term as these medications can put you at increased risk for certain health problems

Addressing the cause of reflux

There is a barrier called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) between the esophagus and stomach. The LES opens to allow food to pass into the stomach and then closes to keep stomach contents from backing up into the esophagus. For some people, abnormal relaxation of the LES causes reflux.

The LINX procedure uses a ring of titanium beads with magnetic cores placed around the LES. Natural swallowing action temporarily breaks the magnetic attraction, allowing food and liquid to pass into the stomach. The magnetic bond between the beads helps close the LES immediately after swallowing, restoring your body’s natural barrier to reflux.

  • There is no anatomical change to the stomach as there is with Nissen fundoplication
  • LINX doesn't disqualify patients from other gastroesophageal surgeries, if needed
  • For most patients it’s a same-day procedure 
  • Less problems with bloating after surgery
  • Potentially reversible
  • Unlike PPI therapy, it addresses the primary source of this disease
  • Most people can stop taking PPIs completely.

How LINX works

  • GERD
  • GERD
  • LINX system
  • LINX expand for food
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