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.
The LINX® System is placed around the esophagus just above the stomach using a common, minimally invasive, surgical technique called laparoscopy. Patients are placed under general anesthesia during the procedure, which is generally completed in less than one hour. Once implanted, the device will begin working immediately.
GERD is caused by a weak esophageal sphincter muscle.
An estimated 1 in 5 U.S. adults suffer from GERD.
The incidence of esophageal adenocarcinoma, a type of cancer linked to GERD, increased over 600% between 1973 and 2006.
Approximately 40% of GERD sufferers continue to have symptoms while taking medications for GERD.
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