LINX Reflux Management System

Do you suffer from acid reflux?

A patient suffering with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) normally experiences frequent heartburn, regurgitation and/or nausea in the mid-chest region. This can cause severe discomfort and negatively impact the patient's quality of daily life.  If you are a reflux patient, 21 years of age or older, who still experiences significant GERD-related symptoms despite taking medication(s), you may be interested in the LINX Reflux Management System.  LINX provides an option for patients who are taking acid-suppressing drugs but are not getting their desired results. These types of medications help control acid build-up, but they cannot repair the underlying problem.

Find relief from acid reflux without pills

General and bariatric surgeon Dr. Christopher Smith offers the LINX procedure at Tift Regional Medical Center (TRMC) to assist in reducing the effects acid reflux.  LINX is able to provide relief for patients who suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), commonly known as heartburn or acid reflux. The side effects of GERD are caused by a weak muscle in the esophagus (called the esophageal sphincter) that allows acid and bile to splash up from the stomach into the esophagus. This often causes injury to the lining of the esophagus and causes symptoms like heartburn, chest pain, regurgitation, sore throat, or cough. Millions of adults in the U.S. suffer from GERD.

How does LINX work?

Most GERD sufferers attempt to alleviate the side effects of GERD by taking over the counter or prescription medications, but medications cannot address the underlying issue of the weak esophageal sphincter muscle. The new LINX system offered by Dr. Smith at TRMC is a small, flexible band of magnets enclosed in titanium beads. The beads are connected by titanium wires. The LINX System is implanted around the weak esophageal sphincter, just above the stomach. The magnetic attraction between the beads keeps the weak esophageal sphincter closed to help prevent reflux. Swallowing forces separate the beads temporarily to allow food and liquid to pass into the stomach.

The outpatient procedure itself takes approximately one hour and patients are generally able to go home within one day.   The benefits of having the LINX procedure include no alteration to the stomach, reduction of gas and bloating, in addition to preserving the ability to belch and vomit if needed. Patients report reduction in acid exposure to the esophagus, improvement in heartburn and regurgitation symptoms, and a reduction or elimination of GERD medications.

Dr. Christopher Smith conducts patient evaluations at Affinity Clinic and performs the procedure at TRMC.  

To learn on how schedule an evaluation, call 229-353-2263 or send an e-mail.   

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