GERD And LINX The Future of Heartburn

GERD is short for gastroesophageal Reflux Disease.  For obvious reasons, people often shorten the term to just Reflux Disease.  Perhaps it is best known, however, as old-fashioned Heartburn.  For the first time in 25 years, with the advent of the LINX  Reflux Management System,  the future for heartburn sufferers is very bright.

Tums and Alka Seltzer GERD And LINX The Future of HeartburnTypically GERD has been managed with  either over the counter or prescription medications.  Over the counter medications such as Tums or Alka seltzer provide instant relief but are short acting.  Stronger over the counter medications such as Zantac, Pepcid AC provide longer lasting heartburn relief but often result in relapse or incomplete relief.  The newest heartburn medications are called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs’).  PPI’s include medications such as Prilosec, Nexium, Aciphex, Protonix and Prevacid.  These medications were first introduced over 20 years ago.  Most people who use these medications to control their heartburn find them to be helpful but do not completely cover symptoms. These meds are often a band-aid at best.  The future holds something different.

Life with GERD can be very uncomfortable.  Many people have to alter their diet to avoid heartburn exacerbations.  Some people have to sleep with their chest and head raised so that they can sleep. Many people actually choose to sleep in a recliner to avoid symptoms. The LINX system may just change all of that.

What is the LINX Reflux Management System?

LINX Ring GERD And LINX The Future of Heartburn

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The LINX Reflux Management System to treat GERD is a newly (March 2012) FDA approved simple surgical procedure.  The LINX is a simple ring made up of magnets.  It is implanted with a laparoscopic surgical procedure that takes 45 minutes or less. As you can see from the short video below, the ring replicates the lower esophageal sphincter function which is often weakened with GERD. This little ring is the future of acid reflux treatment.

The ring stays closed to prevent the lower esophageal sphincter from opening and allowing stomach acid to move into the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms.  The magnets open while people are eating and functions like their normal sphincter.  This amazing little ring also allows the individual to burp or throw up if needed.  The benefits of this ring is that is truly does function much like a normal sphincter functions.

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Research Data

Current List Of Centers Offering the LINX Reflux Management System

Understanding GERD

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The LINX system is a very exciting option for those suffering from GERD.  The procedure is simple to perform and the outcome is great with controlled heartburn symptoms in over 90% of patients.  Over 80% of patients are able to stop their antacid treatment medications completely.  LINX system recipients are usually able to return to a normal diet and lifestyle free from GERD symptoms. The future is now.

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6 Responses to GERD And LINX The Future of Heartburn

  1. Lisa May 28, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    This sounds like wonderful news for those sufferers of gerd and heartburn. A great way to get off some medications that are sure to have other side effects. I will be passing this info along, thank you!

  2. Jana Hartley, RN May 28, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    Lisa, that is just it. All meds have side effects. Antacids lower vitamin B levels, many people have fatigue as a result of taking these drugs. Plus, they are hard on the liver over the long run. Thanks for your comment. Jana

  3. Jana Hartley, RN May 28, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

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  4. Melanie St. Ours June 1, 2012 at 7:19 pm #

    Another option for GERD sufferers is to use a cold infusion of marshmallow root (Althea officinalis) in conjunction with lifestyle modifications. Althea is extremely effective for symptomatic relief and is even effective in soothing gastric ulcerations. There are no commonly reported side effects, the herb is inexpensive and easy to prepare, and an all-around win-win for many patients.

    • Jana Hartley, RN June 1, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

      Melanie, thank you so much for that fantastic recommendation. I am sure that information will be helpful for many. Jana

      • Melanie St. Ours June 2, 2012 at 6:10 am #

        It’s my pleasure, Jana! There are so many safe and effective herbal therapies. It’s wonderful to introduce people to options they may not have heard of before or considered. Thanks for your work here and I look forward to reading more.

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