What is Laparoscopic LINX Reflux Surgery Procedure?
Laparoscopic LINX Reflux Surgery is a type of operation done to correct problems on one’s lower esophageal sphincter. It aims to reinforce this part of the stomach to ensure that gastric acid will not flow back from the stomach.
How does it work?
In Laparoscopic LINX Reflux Surgical procedure, a small magnetic titanium ring made of beads called Linx device will be used to hold the junction that separates the esophagus and the stomach. This will be firm enough to stop acid reflux but not too strong to still allow foods to pass through.
Is LINK device approved for use by the Food Drug Administration?
Yes, this new Laparoscopic LINX Reflux Surgery device is FDA approved. Moreover, with the advent of laparoscopic surgery nowadays, it requires a minimally invasive procedure to have the implant.
Why is there a need to undergo this procedure?
Some people’s hyperacidity has more than just physiologic origin. This can also be caused by the stomach’s anatomical structure such as weakened Lower Esophageal Sphincter among individuals who are suffering from chronic Gastro Esophageal Reflux commonly termed as GERD. Normally this part of the stomach must keep gastric acid and bile from going up to the esophagus. To make this happen, it should close right away after the liquids and foods enters the stomach. But a weakened LOS (Lower Esophageal Sphincter) does not completely close after the food was emptied to the stomach leading to acid reflux. Hence, a LINX device implant is indicated. This condition can never be managed by medications and life style changes alone.
How long will the surgery take?
It will only take less than an hour to perform the entire procedure. A general anesthesia will be inducted to sedate the patient and small incisions (holes) will be made on the patient’s abdomen where the video camera and surgical equipments will pass through, a usual procedure done in every laparoscopic surgery to do Laparoscopic LINX Reflux device fixation.
How will I know that I am getting the right size of LINX device?
A special sizing tool will be used to ensure the exact size of LINX device. This will be provided by its manufacture and decided by surgeon who do regular Laparoscopic LINX Reflux Surgery.