Learn More About Treating Reflux/GERD
If you’ve been diagnosed with Reflux/Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and medication is unable to manage your symptoms, this is help. Glendale Memorial Hospital is now offering LINX® as an option.
Reflux and GERD
Reflux can wear away at the lining of the esophagus, damage throat and vocal chords, and even a effect 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.
Treatment With LINX®
LINX® is a very small, flexible ring with 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. The LINX® material won’t affect airport security and is compatible to a 1.5 Tesla MRI.
At Glendale Memorial, 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 heart burn was eliminated after treatment
- 99% of patients no longer experienced uncomfortable regurgitation
- Patients also reported significant improvement with bloating and discomfort from gas