The LINX Reflux Management System is used for treating GERD when medication no longer provides adequate symptom control. The LINX System is another option to the standard surgery for GERD, such as Nissen fundoplication.
The LINX device augments the native weak valve back to normal function. It consists of a series of magnetic beads that are connected by titanium links that allow the beads to actuate (open) during a swallow or belch. The force of attraction of these beads exerts forces on the weak lower esophageal sphincter (LES) to help prevent reflux.
The LINX System is designed to help the sphincter stay closed to stop the reflux. It uses a small, flexible band of beads. Each bead has a magnet inside. When placed around the outside of the esophagus, the magnetic attraction between the beads helps the sphincter stay closed to prevent reflux. Swallowing food will overcome the magnetic attraction and allow the beads to separate, allowing food and liquid to pass normally into the stomach.
The average cost of the LINX procedure is $15,000 to $20,000.
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