LINX® Reflux Management System changes the lives of patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
A VITAL collaboration
Through VITAL’s collaboration with Torax Medical and Allegheny Health Network clinicians, the novel LINX® Management System has greatly reduced the symptoms and risks for patients who have GERD, better known as acid reflux.
People with GERD feel heartburn, bloating, and regurgitation with almost every meal. Though daily medications can help these symptoms, severe acid reflux is a dangerous condition, leading to pneumonia, asthma, coughing, Barrett’s esophagus, dysplasia, and esophageal cancer.
According to the American Gastroenterology Association, it is estimated that more than 60 million Americans experience symptomatic GERD at least once a month, and 15 million suffer from it daily.
Surgeons place the LINX® device through a non-invasive, 30 – 60 minute laparoscopic procedure. It consists of tiny magnetic titanium beads in a ring that is placed around the area where the stomach and esophagus meet. Once in place, it:
- Opens up to let in food and liquids when the patient swallows
- Quickly closes to keep stomach acid from traveling up the esophagus and causing damage
Value for technology leaders
According to a spokesperson from Torax Medical, LINX® has been highly effective. After getting the LINX® device:
- 85 percent of patients were free from dependence on daily reflux medications
- 88 percent of patients reported no more heartburn
- 99 percent of patients eliminated regurgitation
Technology Leader — Torax Medical
Minnesota-based manufacturer of the LINX® system
Positive change in quality of life satisfaction from 8% to 92%1
89% savings from pre–
More than 50% greater savings than the standard invasive surgical procedure1
Real Benefits for Clinicians
“LINX® is a reversible and less invasive outpatient technique for surgical management of GERD and results in significant reduction of esophageal acid exposure, better quality of life, and less reliance on proton-pump inhibitor therapy.”
Blair Jobe, MD – Clinical Lead
Surgeon and Director of the Esophageal and Lung Institute for Allegheny Health Network
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