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Saint Peter’s University Hospital is the only area hospital offering the LINX® Reflux Management System, a minimally invasive surgical treatment that treats the cause, not the symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The LINX System is a small flexible band of interlinked titanium beads with magnetic cores.

Patients are placed under general anesthesia for the minimally invasive procedure. LINX is performed through incisions that are a fifth of an inch long. Using a small camera and other instruments, the ring of magnetic beads is placed around the last portion of the esophagus, the tubular organ that allows food to get from the mouth to the stomach. Patients go home the same day and can immediately resume a normal diet.

The LINX device prevents GERD by restoring the normal functioning of the esophageal sphincter whose job it is to prevent stomach acid from traveling into the esophagus. The LINX® Reflux Management System for the treatment of GERD provides a permanent solution and eliminates the patient’s need for antacid medication.

Typical treatment for GERD aims at reducing acid production in the stomach, improving symptoms but not curing the disease.

For more information about LINX® treatment for GERD, call the Department of Surgery at 732-745-8571.

Saint Peter’s surgeon C. Aitor Macias explains LINX®

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