LYNX Reflux Management System

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

A new procedure offered by North Mississippi Medical Center physicians offers chronic reflux patients an alternative treatment for their condition. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about the LINX Reflux Management System in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Chronic reflux can weaken the lower esophageal sphincter, the muscle at the bottom of the esophagus and the entrance to the stomach. Left untreated, reflux can lead to serious complications such as esophagitis, stricture, Barretts esophagus and esophageal cancer.

Until now, physicians had only two options for treating refluxwith medication or with a surgical procedure called laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication. While Nissen fundoplication can be effective, it has drawbacks.

The new LINX device consists of a string of very small magnets enclosed in titanium beads. When placed around the outside of the esophagus, the magnetic attraction between the beads helps the sphincter stay closed to prevent reflux.

The force of swallowing breaks the magnetic bond to allow food and liquid to pass through, then the magnetic attraction closes the lower esophageal sphincter.

The procedure is done laparoscopically through five small punctures in the abdomen.

Because the LINX procedure is new, insurance coverage varies by provider and is usually approved on a case-by-case basis.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.