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Large Hiatal Hernia Surgery Using the LINX System

Utilizing the LINX Reflux Management System.
Presented at SAGES Annual Meeting, March 2016


Chapter 1: GERD and the Progression to Esophageal Cancer


Chapter 2: Complications of GERD


Chapter 3: Progression of GERD


Chapter 4: Treatment Options for GERD


Chapter 5: The LINX System for Manging GERD


What is GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease)

An Answer to Acid Reflux: Surgery at Keck Medical Center of USC

On April 9, 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 interview on LINX device
to treat Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Note: As of March 22, 2012, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the LINX device

Laparoscopic Esophageal Diverticulectomy

Bariatric Surgery at Keck Hospital of USC (2010)

Dr. Namir Katkhouda, Keck School of Medicine of USC (Feb. 2011)

Dr. Namir Katkhouda is a world authority in laparoscopic surgery, having pioneered the first laparoscopic vagotomy for the treatment of gastro duodenal ulcer disease.


Animated LINX Procedure to cure Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)


Dr. Namir Katkhouda Bariatrics Webinar


Laparoscopic GIST Resection

Dr. Lipham performing a laparoscopic resection of a large GastroIntestinal Stromal Tumor (GIST).  Minimally invasive resection of these gastric tumors allows for a much quicker recovery for the patient.


Vagal Sparing Esophagectomy

Dr. Lipham performing a minimally invasive vagal sparring esophagectomy. This is a procedure that removes the diseased esophagus while preserving the vagus nerves which are important in respiratory and GI function. This procedure is intended for patients with Barrett's with High Grade Dysplasia, early esophageal cancer and benign end stage disorders of the esophagus.


LINX Procedure for GERD

Dr. Lipham implanting the LINX device which is a new treatment for GERD. It is a minimally invasive procedure that augments the lower esophageal sphincter using the force of tiny magnetic beads and restores the normal barrier against GERD and helps prevent reflux.


Laparoscopic Intrathoracic Stomach Repair

Dr. Lipham performs a minimally invasive repair of a large Hiatal Hernia where the entire stomach is located in the chest. After repair of the Hiatal Hernia, a Nissen Fundoplication is also done to prevent GERD. The surgery generally takes about 90 minutes and requires a 1-2 day hospital stay.


Laparoscopic Heller Myotomy and Dor Fundoplication for Achalasia

Dr. Lipham performs a minimally invasive Heller Myotomy with Dor Fundoplication. This laparoscopic procedure is generally performed for patients with Achalasia. Achalasia is a disorder where patients have difficulty swallowing secondary to absent esophageal motility and a hypertensive non-relaxing lower esophageal sphincter.


Circulating Tumor Cells Research with Dr. Julie Lang

Breast cancer research and circulating tumor cells are examined by Dr. Jay Harness, medical director at, and Dr. Julie Lang from USC Norris Cancer Center at the 2012 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

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