The LINX Reflux Management System is a surgical treatment option for sufferers of GERD who do not respond to lifestyle and medicinal treatments. It is a surgical device, implanted in the patient, as an alternative to other surgical treatments already available to acid reflux disease patients.
The LINX Reflux Management System is a series of titanium beads, each with a magnetic core, linked together with titanium wire to form a ring. It is implated at the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which is the tissue that closes the end of the esophagus to prevent the backflow of stomach contents.
The force from the magnetic beads is designed to assist a weak LES stay closed. When a patient swallows, the force of the swallowing overcomes the strength of the magnetic beads to allow the device to open, therefore not inhibiting normal swallowing of food and liquids. Once the food or liquid passes into the stomach, the device returns to it’s normal closed state.
The most common side effects of using the LINX Reflux Management System are difficulty swallowing, pain when swallowing food, chest pain, vomiting, and nausea. Also, patients with the LINX Reflux Management System implanted will no longer be able to undergo a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) procedure, as the magnetic beads that make up the device interfere with the machine and can cause the device to be damaged and the patient to be injured.
The LINX Reflux Management System is manufactured by Torax Medical Inc. in St. Paul, Minn.
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