Aurora BayCare device using magnets to treat reflux illness
Thu, Aug 27, 2015
GREEN BAY – A new procedure offered at Aurora BayCare Medical Center uses the power of magnets to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease.
The LINX Reflux Management System is a medical device for patients 21 years and older that have been diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and continue to have heartburn or regurgitation despite taking medication to treat it.
Aurora BayCare General & Vascular Surgery’s Dr. Daniel T. McKenna uses the innovative, yet simple device to treat GERD patients.
“It consists of a series of flexible magnetic beads surgically placed around the lower esophageal sphincter to aid its function and prevent reflux,” McKenna said. “The beads flex out around the lower esophageal sphincter to allow the swallowing of food, liquid and other normal functions, yet remain closed to limit or eliminate acid reflux.”
Gastroesophageal reflux disease occurs when the stomach’s contents leak backwards into the esophagus (the tube from the mouth to the stomach). This can irritate the esophagus and cause heartburn and other symptoms. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, GERD affects about 20 percent of the American population.
The LINX system is typically inserted during a 20-30 minute outpatient procedure. There are few adverse side effects with the system. That’s because:
- It is a stand-alone procedure; no other surgeries are required for LINX to be effective
- It is inserted laparoscopically with smaller incisions and scars
- LINX is designed to last a lifetime
- Patients typically go home within 24 hours and resume a normal diet
- There’s lessened bloating and gas
According to a clinical study, 92 percent of LINX patients had drastic improvements of symptoms, and a similar number reported ending their dependence on GERD medication. Ninety-four percent of those studied reported overall satisfaction with the system.
To get more information about the LINX system, call (920) 288-8250.
About BayCare Clinic
BayCare Clinic, www.baycare.net, is the largest physician-owned specialty-care clinic in Northeast Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. With its 100-plus physicians, BayCare Clinic offers expertise in more than 20 specialties, serving clinical locations in 13 regional communities. Based in Green Bay, Wis., BayCare Clinic is a joint partner in Aurora BayCare Medical Center.