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Willis-Knighton Offers LINX® Reflux Management System for GERD

9/06/2017

The LINX® Reflux Management System is now available at Willis-Knighton, offering relief to patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). This minimally invasive procedure is an alternative for patients whose symptoms have not been effectively controlled by medication. Willis-Knighton is the only healthcare provider in the Shreveport-Bossier area that offers LINX.

The LINX® Reflux Management System is a small band of magnetized titanium beads wrapped around the lower esophageal sphincter located at the base of the esophagus. The band is designed to help the sphincter stay closed to prevent reflux. The band allows the sphincter to open when required to allow food and liquid to pass normally into the stomach.

The surgical procedure is usually completed in less than one hour during a laparoscopic procedure. Patients generally return home the same day. 

Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a chronic, often progressive, disease resulting from a weak lower esophageal sphincter that allows gastric fluid to reflux into the esophagus. Patients with GERD often experience frequent heartburn, regurgitation and/or nausea, cough and chest pain, which can negatively impact his or her quality of life. Acid suppression drugs affect gastric acid production but do not repair the sphincter defect and allow continued reflux. 

Click here to learn more about the LINX® Reflux Management System and to watch an educational video.