LINX - Stopping Reflux at its source
- Tuesday, 09 July 2013 19:19
- Last Updated on Saturday, 30 November 2013 19:06
- Written by Virginia Hernia Institute
The LINX Procedure for Reflux Control
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a common problem with most people noticing some combination of heartburn or regurgitation of fluids from their stomach into their throat or mouth. Medications like proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) can significantly reduce symptoms and in some cases heal many of the complications seen by gastroenterologists like ulcers, strictures and esophagitis. Unfortunately GERD is often a progressive disease due to the disruption of the regional anatomy. After 40 years of medical management we now have 20 million patients on PPIs and the frequency of this diagnosis is increasing 30% every 10 years. Even with current medical management 30-40% report only partial relief of their symptoms.
The reason patients continue to have symptoms on medical management is simple. The sphincter mechanism that is supposed to keep fluids in the stomach has become dysfunctional. This is a plumbing problem…