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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 percent of patients experience no relief from medical therapy - these patients make the best candidates for more long-term surgical solutions, like LINX.
The minimally invasive LINX procedure aims to replace your failing reflux barrier with a small quarter size barrier 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.
To learn if you’re a candidate for the minimally invasive LINX procedure, call 888.253.1704 to find a LINX-trained Dignity Health physician near you.