LINX Reflux Management System

The LINX Reflux Management System is a medical device for patients 21 years and older who have been diagnosed with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) and continue to have heartburn or regurgitation, despite taking medication to treat GERD.

GERD occurs when the sphincter (valve) between the stomach and esophagus is weak or opens abnormally. Stomach juices reflux into the esophagus and may injure the esophagus and cause symptoms of heartburn or regurgitation.

The LINX System is designed to help the sphincter stay closed to stop the reflux. It uses a small, flexible band of beads. Each bead has a magnet inside. When placed around the outside of the esophagus, the magnetic attraction between the beads helps the sphincter stay closed to prevent reflux. Swallowing food will overcome the magnetic attraction and allow the beads to separate, allowing food and liquid to pass normally into the stomach.

LINX Frequently Asked Questions

How is LINX® implanted?

LINX® is implanted using a surgical technique called laparoscopy. This technique uses small incisions in the abdominal wall to access the area around the esophagus where the device will be placed.

When can I start eating normally again?

Patients are encouraged to return to a normal diet as quickly as tolerated. This helps the body adapt to LINX®.

When can I return to normal physical activities?

Patients are generally able to return to non-strenuous activity within a couple of days.

Will I be able to belch or vomit with LINX®

Patients who have received LINX® have reported the ability to belch and vomit.

How long will LINX® last?

LINX® is designed to be a lifelong implant. The cases and wires are constructed of titanium, which has a long history of use in permanent medical implants. LINX® uses permanent magnets that are designed not to wear out.

Can I go through airport security?

LINX® should not affect airport security. All patients will be provided with an implant card to have available in the event an issue arises.

Will I be able to feel LINX® after it has been implanted?

A small number of patients have reported sensations in the area of LINX®. It is not known if this is the device or the result of surgery in the area. These sensations have gone away over time.

Can I have an MRI?

There are two versions of the LINX device. One is safe in MRI scanning machines up to 0.7T, the other is safe to 1.5T. You should discuss the MRI scanning options with your doctor prior to deciding on treatment with LINX®