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June 26, 2013

Only available FDA-approved device to treat Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

LAS VEGAS, NV (June 26, 2013) — Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is pleased to announce that it is the first hospital in Las Vegas to be able to perform the only FDA approved treatment for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), LINX®. Shawn T. Tsuda MD, F.A.C.S., is the first LINX® trained surgeon in Southern Nevada.

"Our heartburn program is the first of its kind in Southern Nevada," said Todd Sklamberg, Chief Executive Officer at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. "The LINX Procedure is just one of the many ways that we offer a higher level of care to our patients."

Whether you call it heartburn, acid reflux, or GERD, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease can spell misery for millions of adults in the U.S. GERD is caused by a weak muscle in the esophagus called the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) that allows acid and bile to splash up from the stomach into the esophagus, often causing injury to the lining of the esophagus and symptoms like heartburn, chest pain, regurgitation, sore throat, and cough.

The LINX® System is a small, flexible band of magnets enclosed in titanium beads. The magnetic attraction between the beads helps keep a weak esophageal sphincter closed to prevent reflux. The LINX® System is implanted around the weak sphincter just above the stomach in a minimally invasive procedure that typically takes less than one hour.

Sunrise Hospital will host a free community lecture for those interested in learning more about chronic reflux and the LINX® Procedure:

Tuesday, July 23 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Sunrise Hospital Auditorium (located on the first floor)
3186 S. Maryland Pkwy., Las Vegas, NV 89109

Light refreshments will be served. The lecture is free, but registration is required. To register, call (702) 233-5454.

About Sunrise Hospital:
Chosen as the top hospital in Nevada by U.S. News and World Report and voted as the Best Hospital in Las Vegas by the Las Vegas Review Journal’s "Best of Las Vegas" readers’ poll (2012), Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center provides high-quality, advanced healthcare services in Southern Nevada and the surrounding region. A Consumer Choice award-winning hospital for 15 consecutive years, Las Vegas’ largest acute care facility offers a full range of specialized services including an Accredited Chest Pain Center, The Nevada Neurosciences Institute— the region’s first Joint Commission Certified Primary Stroke Center—featuring stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and sleep disorder treatments, a Comprehensive Cancer Center recognized by the American College of Surgeons, a comprehensive Breast Center, a Level-II Trauma and Emergency Services Department, a CARF accredited inpatient Rehabilitation Center, Orthopedics, Gamma Knife and specialty services in women’s health, pulmonology, critical care, complex surgery and wound care. Sharing the same campus is Sunrise Children’s Hospital, Nevada’s largest, most comprehensive children’s hospital.

Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center
3186 South Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89109
www.SunriseHospital.com

Need to find a physician or get answers to your health questions? Call 702-233-5454.

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