The LINX Reflux Management System is the First in Chronic Acid Reflux Reduction Procedure

Dr. MandelSt. Joseph's/Candler was the first in the region to perform a new procedure to reduce chronic acid reflux.

The LINX Reflux Management System, developed by Torax Medical, Inc., is a small, circular band of interlinked titanium beads with magnetic cores. Placed around the esophagus, this band of beads augments the natural function of the lower esophageal sphincter, or LES, through magnetic attraction.

With acid reflux, the LES isn’t working properly anymore and the acid that is supposed to be in your stomach rises up to your esophagus. That’s when you get heartburn or the regurgitation of stomach contents.

The LINX System uses magnetic attraction to strengthen the LES, helping it to close normally and prevent reflux. The LINX System as a superior long-term solution to acid-reflux medication.

Medication can block acid from being produced in the stomach, which is good for heartburn, but patients can still have regurgitation. Another issue is that patients who develop tolerance to those medications often find that they don’t have satisfactory control over their reflux. The LINX System is a mechanical solution for a mechanical problem, rather than a pharmaceutical solution.

The magnets are calibrated to be a certain strength, and the magnetic bond is broken by normal swallowing.

For more information on the LINX system, contact Dr. Jeffery S. Mandel at Savannah Surgical Oncology at 912-354-6303.

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