Gastric Esophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) occurs when stomach acid or bile flows back into the food pipe and irritates the lining due to the weak (LES) muscles. Common symptoms from GERD include heartburn, belching, nausea, or regurgitation. Also common is discomfort in the upper abdomen. Medication is usually prescribed but may not be a long-term solution. This is where LINX may be able to help.
The LINX device is a small flexible band of interlinked titanium beads with a magnetic core and looks like a bracelet and is the size of a quarter. This device is wrapped around the lower esophageal sphincter also known as (LES) which is located at the base of the esophagus. The beads are used to prevent gastric acids or bile from pushing back up from the stomach causing the person to have gastric reflux.
The LINX device works through magnetic beads opening to allow for easy swallowing of food and liquids, these pass through the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and into the stomach and the beads close afterward to prevent it from coming back up. The Linx beads keep the acid down in the same manner as a normally functioning (LES) would.
This procedure can help you return to a normal lifestyle unaffected by GERD.
Dr. Hanosh Recent Interview on local channel KREX5 about Linx.
85% of patients were free from dependence on daily reflux medication after treatment with LINX. Farewell to the pharmacy.
88% of LINX patients reported that bothersome heartburn had been eliminated after treatment with LINX. Make heartburn history.
There’s no going back to the discomfort. Patients reported significant improvement in gassiness and bloating after treatment with LINX
99% of patients eliminated bothersome regurgitation after treatment with LINX. Now that’s a one-way route to a better life.
Since my early thirties l suffered first heartburn that l managed fairly well with prescription drugs. When a new or better one came out I’d change and get a bit more relief but over time, it just got worse. Around ten years ago l began experiencing frequent nighttime reflux. There’s nothing quite like waking from sleep coughing with your throat on fire. I tried several different prescriptions and supplemented them with over the counter antacids. By last year l had graduated to a prescription medicine in the morning and a handful of heavy duty antacids at bedtime, including one that l kept in my mouth overnight. Often it still wasn’t enough.
I’d seen the ads with Dr. Hanosh about Linx and finally called and made an appointment early this year. After a consultation with Dr. Hanosh l decided to have the Linx procedure. lt was delayed by the Covid quarantine, but l finally had surgery in June. After one night in the hospital l went home and stopped the pain meds after a few days. I took ibuprofen for a week or so but the pain was minimal.
Since the surgery l have almost completely stopped any antacid medicine. The reflux is gone, full stop. After the procedure l was required for a few weeks to chew small bites and eat frequently. At this point l eat normally, without pain.
Everything went well for me; I only wish I’d have had this done much sooner.
I have dealt with heartburn, acid indigestion and acid re-flux for the past 50 years. In the past 10 years it became increasingly worse and I ended up in the hospital twice needing blood transfusions because of the bleeding ulcers in my esophagus. I was also diagnosed with a Hiatal Hernia which, perhaps, was a lot of my issues from the beginning. I consulted
with a couple different doctors about repair of this hernia but neither one was aware of a good and successful way of doing it. During my last hospital stay, my attending doctor told me I should think about having it repaired but the only place was in Denver. Since it was October and weather this time of year is so unpredictable, also, knowing it would require many trips for testing, surgery and follow up, I decided to wait until spring. This would require me to take large doses of medication, which I did not want to do, but felt I had no other options.
Then I saw a Facebook post by a friend in Grand Junction, CO. she stated she had a hiatal hernia repair done and was very happy with it. I called her for the name of her doctor, it was Dr. Hanosh. I called General Surgeons of Western Colorado and started the process, of consultations and testing, to have the repair done. I chose the Linx Implant since it was the newest and most innovative and sounded the most promising for my situation. I was scheduled for surgery, then COVID hit. Everything was put on hold.
Alas, on May 21st I was able to have the surgery done. It was a wonderful experience (except for the pain in my shoulders from the gas used during surgery, but that only lasted for a couple hours). I had been made aware of the guidelines to make a successful recovery and I vowed to follow everyone to a T. The eating 2 TBLS of yogurt consistency food, every waking hour for 8 weeks, was a challenge at times. Especially, the no meat, no bread, no pasta, no raw veggies, etc. for the first few weeks. However, I followed the guidelines, kept the rules and now I am on the other side. Eating anything I want and never having a trace of acid re-flux, indigestion or heartburn. Nothing has changed my life like the Linx Implant and Dr. Hanosh. His staff and the wonderful nurses at St. Mary's hospital will always have a warm place in my heart as I enjoy eating and having a normal life. “Thank You” Dr. Hanosh.
I've been struggling with Gerd and a hiatal hernia for over a decade. I took several medications intermittently, as my symptoms would come and go by avoiding the foods I enjoyed and restricting some actitities. I'd often sleep sitting up to avoid the acid reflux. Bending over after eating would cause immediate reflux. I was referred to Dr. Hanosh to repair my hiatal hernia and implant the Linx device. Dr. Hanosh explained the procedure and answered all my questions. My surgery went very well. I was pleasantly surprised my pain was minimal. I truly felt an immediate difference. I didn't realize how bad I'd felt until after the surgery. My quality of life and energy level has improved immensely. My recovery has gone very well without any problems.My experience and care was exceptional. Dr Hanosh and his team were amazing. Everyone from patient registration to food service was second to done. I highly recommend the Linx procedure to anyone who has Gerd.-Tina
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