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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).

    The first safe GERD surgical treatment in more than two decades

    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:

    • Reducing acid exposure in your esophagus to prevent heartburn and regurgitation symptoms
    • Decreasing the need to treat GERD with medications

    Magnets to keep the lower esophageal sphincter closed

    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.

    Relief that is minimally invasive

    The LINX Reflux Management System is implanted in the body during a minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery through the following steps:

    • Your physician will make three or four small incisions of less than four millimeters in size in your abdomen
    • The LINX Reflux Management System will be implanted through the laparoscopic port
    • The string of magnetic beads will wrap around the lower esophagus (LES)

    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.

    Determining if you are a good candidate

    Einstein Healthcare Network's digestive health team will perform the following tests to determine if you are a good candidate:

    1. Endoscopy to take pictures of your digestive tract to be sure your esophagus can handle the surgery
    2. Inserting a monitoring device in your esophagus to see if you have abnormal acid exposures and acid reflex
    3. Manometry or motility study, to make sure esophageal contraction is in normal limits so swallowing unaffected

    Risks of not treating GERD

    If left untreated the regurgitation, sore throat, cough and chest pain symptoms of GERD can lead to:

    • Esophagitis
    • Stricture
    • Barrett’s esophagus
    • Esophageal cancer
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