LINX procedure eases GERD symptoms

Monday, November 20, 2017

By: Jeff Ash


If you have persistent heartburn, you may have GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease.


If you’re diagnosed with GERD, the LINX® Reflux Management System may ease your discomfort.


LINX is an innovative, minimally-invasive surgical procedure that treats GERD.


“It’s a safe procedure and we’ve seen consistently positive outcomes with its use,” says Dr. Daniel T. McKenna, an Aurora BayCare general and bariatric surgeon.


GERD is caused by weakness in the lower esophageal sphincter muscle. That muscle opens to allow food into the stomach and closes to keep food in the stomach. When that muscle is weak, stomach acid flows back into the esophagus, most often causing heartburn or acid reflux.


Other GERD symptoms may include a dry cough, asthma-like breathing issues and trouble swallowing. Anyone, including infants and children, can have GERD.


The LINX procedure addresses that weakness in the esophageal sphincter muscle. A series of flexible magnetic titanium beads are implanted around the muscle to help it function as it should. The beads flex to allow normal swallowing of food or liquid. They’re flexible enough to allow for belching and vomiting when necessary.


The procedure takes 20 to 30 minutes and is done on an outpatient basis. There’s a small incision with minimal scarring. The LINX beads are designed to last a lifetime.


After the LINX beads are implanted, patients can return home and resume a normal diet immediately. They can resume normal activity in a few days.


Studies have found many people who have the LINX procedure say their GERD symptoms improve, with less bloating and gas, and that many no longer need daily medication.


However, the LINX procedure may not be for everyone.


“People with large hiatal hernias, morbid obesity or end-stage GERD are not good candidates for this surgery, but can benefit from other operative interventions,” McKenna says.


Dr. Daniel T. McKenna sees patients in Green Bay and Marinette. To request an appointment, call 877-677-5384 or do so online.

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