What is LINXTM?
LINX is a flexible ring of small magnets placed around the oesophagus just above the stomach during a minimally invasive procedure to help prevent reflux.
How does LINX work?
The strength of the magnets helps keep the valve between your stomach and oesophagus closed to prevent reflux. When you swallow, the magnets separate temporarily to allow food and liquid to pass into the stomach.
How is LINX different from other procedures?
LINX requires no permanent anatomic alteration, reduces gas and bloating preserves the ability to other procedures? belch and vomit and patients typically go home within 24 hours and resume a normal diet.
How is LINX implanted?
LINX is placed around the oesophagus just above the stomach using a minimally invasive surgical technique. Many patients are able to go home the same day.
Can LINX be removed if needed?
Yes. LINX can be removed using a minimally invasive procedure and preserves patients’ future treatment options.
How do I know if I am a candidate for LINX?
Three diagnostic tests are used to determine if patients may be candidates for LINX: EGD, pH and Manometry.
When can I start eating normally again?
Patients are encouraged to return to a normal diet as soon as tolerated or as directed by their physician.
When can I return to normal activities?
Patients are generally able to return to non-strenuous activity within a couple of days.
How long will LINX last?
LINX is designed to be a lifelong implant.
Can I go through airport security?
LINX should not affect airport security. All patients are provided an implant card to let people know they have an implant.
Can I have an MRI?
LINX patients may undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) up to either 0.7-Tesla (0.7T) or 1.5-Tesla (1.5T), depending on the LINX model implanted. You should discuss the MRI scanning options with your consultant prior to deciding on treatment with LINX. LINX patients can also undergo: CT scan, x-ray, ultrasound and PET scan.
What are potential risks associated with LINX?
Achalasia (lower part of oesophagus does not relax), bleeding, death, device erosion (device passing through the oesophageal wall), device explant/re-operation, device failure, device migration (device does not appear to be at implant site), diarrhoea, dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), inability to belch or vomit, infection, impaired gastric motility, injury to the oesophagus, spleen, or stomach, nausea, odynophagia (painful swallowing), organ damage caused by device migration, pain, peritonitis (inflammation of the peritoneum), pneumothorax (collapsed lung), regurgitation, saliva/mucus build-up, stomach bloating, vomiting, and worsening of preoperative symptoms (including but not limited to dysphagia or heartburn).