LINX® is a flexible ring of small magnets placed around the lower esophageal sphincter during a minimally invasive procedure. The strength of the magnets helps keep the weak esophageal sphincter closed to prevent reflux. When patients swallow, LINX® opens temporarily to allow food and liquid to pass into the stomach.
The LINX® Reflux Management System is a laparoscopic, fundic-sparing anti-reflux procedure indicated for patients diagnosed with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) as defined by abnormal pH testing, and who are seeking an alternative to continuous acid suppression therapy (i.e. proton pump inhibitors or equivalent) in the management of their GERD
For the patient, benefits may include:
- Preserved ability to belch and vomit
- Reduced gas and bloating
- Requires no permanent anatomic alteration (fundic sparing)
- Preserves future treatment options
The strength of the magnets helps keep the valve between your stomach and esophagus closed to prevent reflux. When you swallow, the magnets separate temporarily to allow food and liquid to pass into the stomach. LINX® is placed around the esophagus just above the stomach using a minimally invasive surgical technique.
Q & A
How do I know if a patient may be a candidate for LINX®? Three diagnostic tests are used to determine if patients may be candidates for LINX®: Endoscopy, pH, and Manometry.
How is LINX® different from other procedures? LINX® requires no alteration to the stomach, may improve gas and bloating, preserves the ability to belch and vomit, and patients typically go home within 24 hours and resume a normal diet.
How long will LINX® last? LINX® is designed to be a lifelong implant.
Can LINX® be removed if needed? Yes. LINX® can be removed using a minimally invasive procedure that generally lasts less than an hour and preserves future treatment options.
Are there side effects with LINX®? The most common side effect is discomfort or difficulty swallowing, known as dysphagia. It is often temporary and a normal part of the healing process. For more information on side effects please visit www.linxforlife.com
When can I start eating normally again? Patients are encouraged to return to a normal diet as soon as tolerated or as directed by their physician.
When can I return to normal physical activities? Patients are generally able to return to non-strenuous activity within a couple of days.
Can I have an MRI? Yes. LINX® patients may undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) up to either 0.7 – Tesla (0.7T) or 1.5 – Tesla (1.5T) depending on the LINX® model implanted. You should discuss the MRI scanning options with your physician prior to deciding on treatment with LINX®. LINX® patients can also undergo: CT Scan, Ultrasound, X-Ray and PET Scan.
Can I go through airport security? LINX® should not affect airport security. All patients are provided an implant card to let people know they have an implant.
What does LINX® cost? For patients with insurance, the out-of-pocket cost is based on your insurance plan, including deductibles and co-payments.
Does insurance cover LINX®? Insurance companies and Medicare are approving patients for LINX® on a case-by-case basis. Once you have completed your pre-tests and are candidate for LINX®, your surgeon’s office will start the approval process.