LINX Reflux Management System
Swedish Thoracic Surgery / First Hill
Learn about a new, simple surgical procedure to treat GERD.
LINX is the first new therapy for GERD in more than 25 years and was approved in March 2012 after 4 years of evaluation and testing by the FDA. The LINX device is a series of magnets in the form of a ring and is implanted around the bottom of the esophagus during a short, 40 minute laparoscopic procedure. The ring of magnets is designed to stay closed and prevent the reflux valve from opening, thereby preventing acid from the stomach to move up into the esophagus. However, the magnets will open up the ring when people are eating to let food in much like a person’s native reflux valve and also open to let people belch and if necessary, vomit—unlike other surgical treatments. LINX controls GERD in over 90% of patients and allows 80% of patients to stop their GERD medication and enjoy a regular diet.