The LINX Reflux Management is one of the few device related procedures to ever be published in The New England Journal of Medicine. Click HERE for the article.
The LINX Reflux Management System is a medical device for patients 21 years and older who have been diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and continue to have heartburn or regurgitation, despite taking medication to treat GERD.
The LINX device augments the native weak valve back to normal function. It consists of a series of magnetic beads that are connected by titanium links that allow the beads to actuate (open) during a swallow or belch. The force of attraction of these beads exerts forces on the weak lower esophageal sphincter (LES) to help prevent reflux.
The LINX System is designed to help the sphincter stay closed to stop the reflux. It uses a small, flexible band of beads. Each bead has a magnet inside. When placed around the outside of the esophagus, the magnetic attraction between the beads helps the sphincter stay closed to prevent reflux. Swallowing food will overcome the magnetic attraction and allow the beads to separate, allowing food and liquid to pass normally into the stomach.
An Answer to Acid Reflux: Surgery at Keck Medical Center of USC
On April 9, 2012, Rodd Foster, 60, and James "Shane" Barmby, 58, patients at the Keck Medical Center of USC, were among the first in the nation to have the LINX Reflux Management System implanted since the Food and Drug Administration approved its use on March 22. Read complete USC article here.
Dr. John Lipham LINX CBS Interview
Dr. John Lipham has been the principal investigator during both phases of the clinical trial of the device at USC. The device is implanted laparoscopically during a 15-20 minute outpatient surgery. The device appears to have less side effects than the standard surgical treatment for GERD (Nissen) and allows patients to Belch and Vomit which decreases the gas and bloating that is associated with the Nissen.