The founder and lead surgeon at Abdominal Surgery Specialists talks about the Linx procedure.
Plano, TX, 2015 – Anyone who has suffered from chronic acid reflux knows this condition can quickly become life altering. Aside from the discomfort and potential loss of sleep, the condition can lead to permanent damage in the esophagus and may promote the development of cancer, among other concerns. With those facts in mind, effectively treating acid reflux and preventing the damage it may leave behind is critical. A new surgical procedure known as Linx offers an attractive alternative to other permanent fixes.
Linx involves the surgical placement of a small strand of medical grade magnetic beads around the esophagus. The system works by enabling food to easily slide down the esophagus as it should. The magnets, however, constrict courtesy of their attraction to refuse to allow damaging, dangerous stomach acids to climb back up the esophagus. The end result of the procedure is a long-term fix that enables normal food consumption without the abnormal side effects.
“Linx is fast becoming a popular option for addressing chronic acid reflux because it’s highly effective and less invasive than other surgical options,” says Dr. Nick Nicholson, founder and lead surgeon of Abdominal Surgery Specialists, a part of the Nicholson Clinic for Weight Loss Surgery. “By effectively controlling the backflow of stomach acids, this procedure stops reflux in its tracks.”
People who suffer from chronic acid reflux are urged to discuss all treatment possibilities with their healthcare providers. While pharmaceutical interventions may provide relief for some, those with chronic concerns may find more permanent solutions like Linx are advised. A personal healthcare provider will be best positioned to offer case-specific advice.
About Abdominal Surgery Specialists
Founded by Dr. Nick Nicholson, one of the country’s leading weight loss surgeons and co-author of “Weight Loss Surgery: The Real Skinny,” provides patients with a variety of options to treat conditions including gallbladders, hernias, reflux and obesity.