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Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park was one of the first hospitals in the nation to offer the FDA-approved LINX® Reflux Management System for the treatment of Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).
If you are a long-time sufferer of GERD looking for a way to manage your condition without medication, the LINX Reflux Management System might be for you.
LINX was created to prevent symptoms of GERD through a non-chemical, minimally invasive implant procedure.
It provides relief to 90 percent of patients suffering from GERD through:
The LINX Reflux Management System is made of tiny, flexible titanium beads that form a band to force the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) closed. Reflux and bile are less likely to enter the esophagus from the stomach and cause symptoms of GERD. After the beads are implanted you will not be able to feel them and can eat your food without disrupting the beads.
The LINX Reflux Management System is implanted in the body during a minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery through the following steps:
The entire procedure takes approximately a half an hour or less and can be performed as an outpatient procedure. Patients can return home the next time and resume their normal eating habits. If necessary, the LINX Reflux Management System can be removed at any time, returning your lower esophagus to pre-surgery level functioning.
Einstein Healthcare Network's digestive health team will perform the following tests to determine if you are a good candidate:
If left untreated the regurgitation, sore throat, cough and chest pain symptoms of GERD can lead to:
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