• Gastrointestinal Services


    We are now offering LINX® as an option

Gastrointestinal Services


If you’ve been diagnosed with Reflux/Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) or have symptoms of regurgitation and medication is unable to manage your symptoms, there are surgical procedures that can help. St. John’s is now offering LINX® as an option.

Reflux and GERD

Reflux can wear away at the lining of the esophagus, damage throat, and vocal cords, and even affect the lungs. Reflux can cause breathing issues including coughing, wheezing, bronchitis, pneumonia, and asthma.

GERD is caused by a weak muscle in your esophagus called the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES). A weak LES allows stomach content to flow back into the esophagus, causing damage to the lining of the esophagus and painful symptoms such as heartburn and regurgitation. Over time, these symptoms can lead to serious complications, even cancer.

Patients with GERD often have a hiatal hernia, which can be fixed with the placement of the LINX® device.

LINX® for Acid Reflux

Acid reflux and the more progressive, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), describes the backward flow of stomach acid into the esophagus. This repeated exposure of stomach acid through the esophagus and into the throat damages the lining of the esophagus, and can ultimately lead to Barret’s esophagus - a condition which has the potential to lead to esophageal cancer.
 
Once diagnosed with Reflux or GERD, physicians commonly prescribe patients acid reduction medications, while these can help, they do not solve the problem. About 10% of patients experience no relief from medical therapy, and nearly 40% of patients taking these medications have breakthrough symptoms - these patients make the best candidates for more long-term surgical solutions, like LINX®.
 
The minimally invasive LINX® procedure aims to augment your failing reflux barrier with a small, quarter size device implanted around the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES). LINX® starts working the minute it is implanted and is designed to last a lifetime. The minimally invasive procedure requires no alteration to the stomach.
 
LINX® is a small, magnetic ring made of titanium beads, which open and close to let food down while preserving the patients’ ability to burp or vomit if needed. Implanting LINX® is a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure that doesn’t require any alteration to the stomach. It is usually an outpatient procedure. The LINX® material won’t affect airport security and is compatible with  a 1.5 Tesla MRI.

At St. John’s Regional Medical Center, patient safety coupled with a positive patient experience is aligned with our core Dignity Health values.

  • 85% of patients who chose LINX® no longer needed daily Reflux medication
  • 88% of patients reported that heartburn was eliminated after treatment
  • 99% of patients no longer experienced uncomfortable regurgitation
  • Patients also reported significant improvement with bloating and discomfort from gas

Learn More

To learn more about our services and how we can help, please call us at 844.617.0419 or use our online feature, Find a Doctor.