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Published on August 21, 2018

LINX relieves GERD long-term without invasive surgery or PPI medication

LINX may be the ideal solution for your patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) who are looking for a minimally invasive treatment option or want to avoid risks associated with daily use of proton pump inhibitors (PPI medication).

Shanu Kothari, MD

Shanu Kothari, MD

With the laparoscopic LINX procedure, a ring of magnetic beads is placed around your patients' esophagus at the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). The magnetic attraction of the beads restores the competency of their LES—allowing the normal actions of swallowing, eating, drinking and gastric venting but closing the LES afterward to prevent reflux.

"For the right patient, LINX offers lasting relief for a condition that can significantly impact quality of life," says Shanu Kothari, MD, Gundersen Surgery Clinic.

Based on five-year trial data, the LINX procedure:

  • Eliminates most patients' need for PPI medications, which have been linked to increased risk of intestinal infections, osteoporosis and bone fractures; nutritional deficiencies, and other problems.
  • Resolves moderate to severe regurgitation.
  • Reduces issues with gas bloating.
  • Limits long-term health effects of reflux disease, including esophageal cancer, stricture and difficulty swallowing, chest pain, and pulmonary and ENT problems.

LINX also:

  • Does not require anatomical alterations to the stomach as with a Nissen fundoplication.
  • Is potentially reversible.
  • Does not disqualify your patients from other gastroesophageal surgeries if needed.
  • Is generally a same-day procedure that takes less than an hour.
  • Allows your patients to resume a normal diet following surgery.
  • Does not affect airport security.

If you have patients with reflux disease whose symptoms are not controlled with PPIs or who do not want to take PPI medications, please call the Gundersen Surgery Clinic via MedLink at (800) 336-5465 (in La Crosse 775-5465) with questions or to refer them for a consultation with one or our reflux specialists.

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