The LINX device provides advanced treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is a digestive condition that causes frequent acid reflux — a condition where stomach acid flows back into the esophagus (the tube that connects the mouth to the stomach). If medicine no longer helps control GERD, the LINX device provides a safe, alternative therapy to help protect the esophagus from stomach acid.
The LINX device is a ring of magnets that is placed around the area where your esophagus meets your stomach. Your thoracic surgeon places this device during a minimally invasive surgery that requires just a few incisions.
The magnets in the device provide enough magnetic strength to keep the esophagus closed and prevent stomach acid from entering the throat. The magnets also are weak enough to let food into your stomach when you eat.
Most patients go home on the same day as their surgery. You can eat your normal diet after surgery.
Like all surgeries, the LINX device has risks and benefits. You should speak to your doctor about whether this procedure is right for you and how it could help you avoid the pain and discomfort of GERD.