How LINX® Works
LINX® augments the weak Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) to help prevent reflux
LINX: Stop GERD at its source
LINX is a flexible ring of small magnets placed around the LES during a minimally invasive procedure. The strength of the magnets helps keep the weak LES closed to prevent reflux.
When you swallow, LINX opens temporarily to allow food and liquid to pass into the stomach.
The LINX Advantage
- Requires no alteration to the stomach
- Reduces gas and bloating
- Preserves the ability to belch and vomit
- Patients typically go home within 24 hours and resume a normal diet
Frequently Asked Questions
- How is the LINX® System implanted?
- When can I start eating normally again?
- When can I return to normal physical activities?
- Will I be able to belch or vomit with the LINX® System?
- How long will the LINX® System last?
- Can I go through airport security?
- Will I be able to feel the LINX® System after it has been implanted?
- Can I have an MRI?
- LINX® Reflux Management System - Instructions for Use
The LINX® System is implanted using a surgical technique called laparoscopy. This technique uses small incisions in the abdominal wall to access the area around the esophagus where the device will be placed.
Patients are encouraged to return to a normal diet as quickly as tolerated. This helps the body adapt to the LINX® System.
Patients are generally able to return to non-strenuous activity within a couple of days.
Patients who have received the LINX® System have reported the ability to belch and vomit.
The LINX® System is designed to be a lifelong implant. The cases and wires are constructed of titanium, which has a long history of use in permanent medical implants. The LINX® System uses permanent magnets that are designed not to wear out.
The LINX® System should not affect airport security. All patients will be provided with an implant card to have available in the event an issue arises.
A small number of patients have reported sensations in the area of the LINX® System. It is not known if this is the device or the result of surgery in the area. These sensations have gone away over time.
The LINX® System is only considered safe for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in MRI scanning machines up to 0.7 T (magnetic field strength). You should discuss the MRI scanning options with your doctor prior to deciding on treatment with the LINX® System.
For more information on the LINX® Reflux Management System contact a LINX® representative @ (855) 276-LINX.