LINX Reflux Management System
We are pleased to be one of a few select hospitals in the UK to offer the LINX® Reflux Management System.
The innovative treatment offers a simple, laparoscopic (keyhole surgery) option designed to restore the body’s natural barrier to reflux providing proven symptom relief for patients without anatomical alteration and with minimal side effects.
What is the LINX® system?
The LINX® System is a small, flexible band of magnets enclosed in titanium beads that is placed around the esophagus just above the stomach. The magnetic attraction between the beads helps to keep the lower oesophageal sphincter (LOS) closed to prevent reflux. Swallowing forces temporarily break the magnetic bond, allowing food and liquid to pass into the stomach. The magnetic attraction between the beads closes the LOS after swallowing, reinforcing the barrier to reflux.
What are the key benefits LINX®?
- Unlike other surgical treatments, the stomach is not anatomically altered
- Preserves the ability to burp and vomit
- Preserves all treatment options
Is the LINX® System right for me?
The LINX® System may be a good choice for you if:
- You are you still experiencing symptoms of reflux despite taking regular medication?
- You are concerned about the long-term side effects of your medication?
The LINX® System, however, is not suitable for every patient with reflux. It is suitable for people who have suffered from GORD for a number of years, who respond partially to medication, can swallow normally and have a healthy oesophagus. Your consultant will assess your eligibility following a series of tests including pH monitoring (measures the presence of acid in the oesophagus) and manometry (tests the muscle function of the oesophagus).
What results can I expect?
A clinical study looked at the extent to which the LINX® System had helped patients five years after it had been implanted. The results showed that
- 85% of patients remain free from dependence on daily medication
- Bothersome regurgitation is eliminated in 99% of patients
- Bothersome heartburn is significantly reduced
- Patients report a significant improvement in their quality of life
The LINX® System is placed around the oesophagus just above the stomach by keyhole surgery under general anaesthestic. Once in place, the device will begin working immediately. Following the procedure, you should be able to resume a normal diet and will normal activities in less than a week.
Are there any side effects with LINX?
Side effects are generally minimal and resolve over time. But, it is normal to have some level of discomfort or difficulty swallowing (dysphagia) following LINX® Surgery. It will normally begin seven to ten days after your surgery, peaking at the six week mark before gradually resolving. The best way to lessen the duration and intensity of dysphagia after LINX® surgery is by eating solid foods frequently.