About 40% of patients who have gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, continue to experience heartburn despite taking medication. If you're one of them, Michael Sutker, MD, may be able to relieve your symptoms using the LINX® Reflux Management System, a device that replaces the faulty sphincter in your esophagus causing your discomfort. At the offices in Dallas and McKinney, Texas, Dr. Sutker can use the LINX procedure to resolve your GERD and eliminate your dependence on medication. If you’re in pain, call the office of Michael Sutker, MD, PA, nearest you today or book an appointment online.
LINX is a device Dr. Sutker uses to treat GERD, a condition that causes stomach acid to enter your esophagus (acid reflux), resulting in heartburn and other unpleasant symptoms.
Typical initial treatment for GERD includes medications that reduce stomach acid production, but they can't stop the reflux from happening. The reason for this is that medications don't address the cause of GERD, which is a weak lower esophageal sphincter (LES) at the bottom of your esophagus.
The LINX device is around the size of a quarter. It takes the place of your failing LES, preventing stomach acid from entering your esophagus.
The LINX device consists of a small, flexible band of magnets encased in titanium beads connected by titanium wires.
Dr. Sutker implants LINX around the weak LES, just above your stomach. The magnetic attraction between the titanium beads keeps your dysfunctional esophageal sphincter closed, which helps prevent reflux.
When you swallow, it forces the ring of beads to expand temporarily and allow food and drink to pass into your stomach, just as a natural LES should.
Dr. Sutker implants the LINX device using minimally invasive laparoscopic techniques, with the procedure typically taking less than an hour. The design of your LINX device means it starts working the moment Dr. Sutker completes the implantation procedure.
You should be able to go home within a day of your LINX implantation procedure and return to a regular diet very quickly. You can also get back to performing non-strenuous activities within a couple of days.
Unlike other procedures for treating GERD, LINX goes around the outside of your lower esophageal sphincter (LES), requiring no alteration to your stomach. That means you need far less recovery time than you would after a procedure like Nissen fundoplication.
LINX also preserves all your normal physiological functions, so you can belch or vomit when necessary.
Patients who've undergone LINX implantation have provided very positive feedback on their experience:
The LINX device doesn't affect airport security, and it's safe to have an MRI scan should you need one. The magnets and titanium used in LINX's construction mean the implant is so long-lasting that you should benefit from a lifetime of relief from GERD.
To find out more about LINX, call the Michael Sutker, MD, PA, office nearest you today or book an appointment online.