How LINX® Works
The LINX® System augments the weak Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) to help prevent reflux
The LINX® System is a small, flexible band of magnets enclosed in titanium beads. The beads are connected by titanium wires. The magnetic attraction between the beads helps keep the weak LES closed to prevent reflux (see Figure 1). Swallowing forces temporarily break the magnetic bond, allowing food and liquid to pass into the stomach (see Figure 2). Magnetic attraction closes the LES after swallowing, to reinforce the body's natural barrier to reflux.
Figure 1: The LINX® System is designed to keep the weak LES closed to prevent reflux.
Figure 2: The LINX® System expands temporarily to allow food and liquid to pass into the stomach.
How is the LINX® System Implanted?
The LINX® System is placed around the esophagus just above the stomach using a surgical technique called laparoscopy. Patients are placed under general anesthesia during the procedure. Once implanted, the device will begin working immediately.
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.