How It Works: LINX® is designed to Stop Reflux at its Source
GERD is a caused by a mechanical defect and requires a mechanical solution. The LINX® System 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 (Top Figure). Swallowing forces separate the beads temporarily to allow food and liquid to pass into the stomach (Bottom Figure).
LINX® is implanted laparoscopically in a minimally invasive procedure that typically takes less than one hour. Patients generally go home within one day.
Current Alternative Treatments
Patients need an alternative. Medications for GERD are designed to control or suppress acid production in the stomach. They do not address the cause of GERD, a weak sphincter muscle, and can't prevent reflux.
Approximately 40% of GERD sufferers continue to have symptoms while taking medications for GERD. Current surgical treatments for GERD are performed annually on an estimated less than one-half of 1 percent of GERD sufferers in the U.S.