• Photo showing a man holding his chest and stomach with heartburn.cal room.
  • Photo of Jennifer Bahm, LINX patient with MidMichigan Health.

    A New Procedure Lets Her Live Without Heartburn

    "I'm not taking any antacids now...I haven't had any acid reflux."

    Jennifer's Story

  • Photo of Penny Yuncker, LINX patient with MidMichigan Health.

    Acid Reflux No Longer Control Her Life after new Innovative LINX Procedure

    "Going from my severity to being completely cured is amazing."

    Penny's Story

Relief for Acid Reflux Sufferers

If you suffer from heartburn or acid reflux, you may have gastroesohageal reflux disease (GERD).

Acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic, often progressive condition that affects one in five adults in the U.S. While many men and women manage their symptoms with medications and lifestyle changes, approximately 40 percent of suffers are still not finding the relief they need. The good news is that there is a new minimally-invasive procedure, utilizing the LINX® Reflux Management System, which is designed to alleviate symptoms and strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter.

What is Reflux

Refulx is a disease caused by a weak muscle in your esophagus called the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES). The LES is your body's reflux barrier. Normally the LES acts as a one way valve, allowing food and liquid to pass into the stomach and preventing stomach contents to flow back up the esophagus. A person with reflux, the weakened LES allows harmful acid and bile to flow back into the esophagus.

Signs and Symptoms of GERD

  • A burning sensation in your chest (heartburn), usually after eating, which migh be worse at night
  • Bad breath and dental erosion
  • Chest pain
  • Consistent Cough
  • Difficulty sleeping at night
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Feeling of a lump in your throat
  • Hoarseness
  • Reguritation of food or sour liquid (acid reflux)

Treatment Options

  • Medications - medicine for GERD are designed to suppress the production of stomach acid, but they do not address the cause of GERD
  • Nissen Fundoplication or Lap Nissen - is an invasive procedure where a surgeon wraps the top of the stomach around the lower esophagus to reinforce the LES to stop reflux.
  • LINX Reflux Management System - the only available FDA-approved device for the treatment of GERD. The LINX device is a small, flexible band of magnets enclosed in titanium beads connected by titanium wires. The magnetic attraction between the beads helps keep a weak esophageal sphincter closed to stop reflux at its source.

Advantages of LINX

  • Minimally invasive - a surgeon will make a small laparoscopic incision (as small as a pencil eraser) in the abdomen and positions the LINX device around the esophagus, just above the stomach.
  • No changes to your anatomy - The LINX device is implanted around your esophagus and doesn't require surgically altering your digestive system.
  • No lengthy hospital stay - It takes about 30 minutes (under general anaesthesia) to implant the device, and patients generally go home on the same day or the next.
  • No change to esophageal function - LINX doesn't interfere with your ability to swallow food or liquids and doesn't result in bloating by limiting the passage of air from your stomach.
  • Removable - If in the future you and your doctor decide on a different treatment plan, the LINX device does not limit your choices. It can be removed with an additional laparoscopic procedure.
  • Non-interfering - The LINX device will not affect airport security and you can safely undergo a wide range of diagnostic imaging tests including: x-ray, ultrasound, PET scan, CT scan and MRI (1.5T).

The LINX Device and How It Works

Photo of the LINX Refulx Management System and a Quarter.

The LINX device is a quarter-sized flexible band of magnetic titanium beads that's placed around the faily LES to prevent stomach acid for entering the esophagus.

Photo of an esophagus with a LINX Refult Management System around it to prevent acid reflux. The LINX devise is placed around the Lower Esophageal Sphicter (LES) to restore sphincter compentence to stop reflux.
Photo of LINX around the Lower Esophageal Sphinctre (LES) allowing food to pass.
The LINX magnets open to allow food and liquid to pass, then close to prevent stomach contents from moving up - stopping reflux at its source.

®The LINX Managemnt System is a registered trademark of Johnson & Johnson

To Schedule An Appointment

To find out more about the LINX Refulx Management System and if it is right for you, schedule an appointment today by calling (989) 463-6699.