How LINX Surgery Works in Helping Acid Reflux Symptoms
Acid reflux is a common condition that most people will experience signs of at some point in their lives. When the condition becomes chronic, interferes with daily life and just makes patients miserable, there are surgical options that can help stave off potential side-effects that make reflux even more troublesome. One of the options available for patients is the LINX Reflux Management system. This solution involves the surgical implantation of a flexible band of titanium beads and magnetic cores.
The magnetic attraction enables better control over gastric pressures, which prevents stomach reflux from reaching the esophagus.
If a doctor recommends LINX placement to deal with the symptoms of acid reflux, patients will find that this procedure is relatively simple. The band itself is surgically placed around the esophagus, just above the stomach. The procedure is performed using a laparoscopic technique, which means recovery is generally streamlined while risks of complications are reduced.
During the surgery itself, patients will sleep courtesy of general anesthesia. Once incisions are made, a sizing tool is used to properly size the system to serve the patients. The LINX system is then put into place using suture tails. After this is completed, the band is aligned and joined so it closes properly.
Patients who undergo LINX surgery will find the band helps reduce the symptoms of reflux while also preventing damage, or further damage, to the esophagus. Since the procedure is performed using a laparoscopic technique, most patients go home within a day of the surgery. They can resume their normal diets almost instantly, which is also a benefit of this option.
If acid reflux is a lingering concern, patients can explore their treatment options with their physicians. Whether LINX surgery is indicated will depend on the particular case in question. It’s best to discuss treatment methods directly with a licensed physician.
Abdominal Surgery Specialists, a part of the Nicholson Clinic, is led by Dr. Nick Nicholson, one of the most experienced laparoscopic surgeons in the country.