LINX® Procedure for GERD in Macon, GA
The LINX® Reflux Management System
The LINX® System is a small implant comprised of interlinked titanium beads with magnetic cores. The magnetic attraction between the beads augments the existing esophageal sphincter’s barrier function to prevent reflux. The device is implanted with a standard minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure.
The Disease (GERD)
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a chronic, often progressive disease resulting from a weak lower esophageal sphincter that allows harmful gastric fluid to reflux into the esophagus. Symptoms of GERD include heartburn, regurgitation, cough, and chest pain. Acid suppression drugs, such as Prevacid®, Nexium®, and Prilosec®, affect gastric acid production but do not repair the sphincter defect and allow continued reflux. GERD can progress to a pre-cancerous condition known as Barrett’s esophagus and possibly esophageal cancer. Approximately 7% of adults in western countries suffer daily from symptoms of GERD.
What Are the Symptoms of GERD?
While heartburn is the most common symptom, there are many other symptoms, both acid-related and non-acid-related. Most GERD sufferers attribute their symptoms to acid reflux, but reflux of non-acid stomach fluids can cause similar symptoms and can be just as harmful to the esophagus.
Typical symptoms include:
- Excessive salivation (waterbrash)
- Pain or discomfort in the chest
- Reflux-related sleep disorders
- Yellow fluid or stains on pillow after sleep
- Intolerance of certain foods and liquids
GERD Treatment in Macon, Georgia
If you suffer from heartburn and other symptoms related to GERD, call Macon Surgical Associates today. Our surgeons may suggest LINX® Reflux Management System for you.
Contact our office at (478) 746-2770 to find out more about treating GERD with the LINX® Reflux Management System.