Research on LINX recently published

July 02, 2014

The Swedish Thoracic Surgery team recently had results from a study published in Annals of Thoracic Surgery, "Short-Term Outcomes Using Magnetic Sphincter Augmentation Versus Nissen Fundoplication for Medically Resistant Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease", in which a retrospective case-control study was performed of consecutive patients undergoing either procedure who had chronic gastrointestinal esophageal disease (GERD) and a hiatal hernia of less than 3 cm. Based on the study, the LINX device appears to restore the sphincter barrier function and preserve normal physiology which enables belching and vomiting. Click here to read more about the study, or click here to read a news release featuring this study and another study on LINX.


Dr. Louie, I just upped my dose of Prilosec OTC per my doctor's recommendation to 80mg a day. 40 AM and 40 PM. This controlled the heartburn but I had an allergic reaction after about 3 days- red spots on foot and palms with palms itching, hands swelling dark red blisters under my tongue with swelling. Benadryl is helping with the reaction and I am taking 2- 150mg of Zantac per day now mixed with 40mg a day Prilosec-20 AM and 20 PM. I am still having lots of heartburn especially at night. I am considering the LINX procedure since the medications are starting to have these side effects. What are your thoughts? Can you recommend a surgeon in Southern California?Thank you, Lee Ellis
Lee, It seems like you would be a great candidate for LINX. You will need to be evaluated. In San Diego it's Dr Horan at UCSD and in Los Angeles it is Dr. Lipham at Hoag and USC or Dr Demeester at USC.
Dr. Louie,what do you think of this: your opinion.
Thanks for passing this along. As you can tell from the article, the company was nearly out of business for a while and this is the first I had heard that they were back in the business of antireflux surgery. You should expect outcomes similar to the transoral incisionless fundoplication from Esophyx. Those results show that GERD symptoms are improved but the objective control of reflux based on pH analysis is not very good. We have looked at both endoscopic fundoplications but are not enthused at the current time.
Dr. Louie,Could you recommend a surgeon for Northern California? (Bay Area)Thank you,Ben
The surgeons in the Bay area are all just getting started with LINX.Currently, Dr. Wilson Tsai is the only one up and running in the East Bay area. Its expected that Stanford and CPMC in San Francisco will be up and running in the next 2-4 months.
Dr Louie, my husband suffers greatly from avid reflux, has a 1cm hiatal hernia, and takes 60 MG dexilant daily, he also has a condition where if he has any acid reflux, his Vegas nerve is stimulated and he goes into a cardiac arythmia. He's considering the Linx procedure, whom do you recommend in boulder/ Denver Colorado area? thank you so much!!
Chris - Dr. Reg Bell is the person the Denver area with the most experience.