What is linx procedure?

What is the Linx device for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?

The Linx device is a small ring of magnetic beads. It helps keep acid in your stomach. It's used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). GERD is the backward flow of stomach acid into the esophagus, the tube that carries food and liquid to your stomach.

What can you expect as you recover from getting a Linx device?

You can eat your normal diet after the device is placed. You may want to take smaller bites and chew well. You may not be able to have an MRI scan, because the Linx device can interact with the magnets.

What are the side effects of the Linx device?

After getting a Linx device, some people have trouble swallowing. This may last up to a few weeks. You may also have pain in the chest, vomiting, or nausea.

How is the Linx device inserted?

You will need a minor surgery to insert the Linx device. You will be asleep during the surgery. Your doctor will put a thin, lighted tube, or scope, through a small cut in your belly. The doctor will use special tools to insert the Linx device through another cut.

How can the Linx device help with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)?

The Linx device helps keep the lower esophageal sphincter closed. That's the valve between your stomach and esophagus. The device helps keep stomach acid out of the esophagus. It also allows the valve to open so food can pass through into your stomach.

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