LINX magnetic sphincter augmentation
The newest treatment for reflux uses a ring of magnetic beads, called LINX, in a minimally invasive surgery.
The doctor implants a ring of these beads where the esophagus meets the stomach. At this spot is the lower esophageal sphincter, a valve that is supposed to prevent food from backing up from the stomach into the esophagus. In reflux patients, this valve doesn’t work properly, so stomach acid rises into the esophagus, causing pain and tissue damage.
The LINX ring supports and reinforces the sphincter. It expands to allow food into the stomach and contracts to prevent the stomach’s contents from rising back into the esophagus. The doctor customizes the size of the beads to fit your anatomy and provide you the best possible relief from reflux.