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What is Chronic Heartburn / Acid Reflux?

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is commonly referred to as acid reflux or heartburn, with many patients describing their discomfort as a burning sensation in the chest or throat. Rising obesity rates and other factors like medications, pregnancy, diabetes, or poor dietary habits can aggravate acid reflux; Some studies have determined that nearly 19 million people suffer from acid reflux each year, with another estimated 60 million reporting heartburn at least once monthly. While there are a few different causes for acid reflux, the main cause of reflux is a weak esophageal sphincter. During the act of swallowing, belching, or vomiting, the lower esophageal sphincter (a ring of muscles that connects the esophagus and the stomach), relaxes to allow food and air to pass. When the valve does not tighten properly, stomach acid may leak into the esophagus, creating the burning sensation in the chest.

Symptoms of Acid Reflux May Include:

  • Heartburn
  • Regurgitation
  • Nausea
  • Sharp chest, neck or back pain

What we can do to help

With the recent FDA approval of the innovativeLINX® Reflux Management System, Surgical Specialists of Louisiana patients can now find longterm relief from chronic acid reflux. LINX® is a tiny band of titanium-plated magnetic beads that functions as a support to a weak lower esophageal sphincter. The act of swallowing, belching or vomiting breaks the magnetic bond, allowing gas and food to pass. Between meals, the magnetic bond helps tighten the lower esophageal sphincter and prevent acid from seeping into the esophagus.

Surgical Specialists of Louisiana is staffed with two surgeons who offer the LINX® surgery; Dr. Redmann in our Covington and Metairie offices. During a non-invasive laparoscopic procedure, one of our skilled doctors will place a customized LINX® implant at the base of your esophagus. The surgery is typically outpatient and patients are usually able to return to non-strenuous activity within a few days. Many patients experience relief from acid-reflux relief within the first week after surgery.

Why LINX® is Better

  • At 3 months post-op 89% of patients required no anti-reflux medication *
  • No operative complications were recorded in any of the 44 test-patients *
  • 100% of patients noted improved quality-of-life measures for GERD **
  • Patients are encouraged to return to normal eating habits typically one day after surgery, or as soon as tolerated
  • LINX® is designed to offer lifelong protection from acid reflux

*IRCCS Policlinico San Donato, University of Milan, Magnetic augmentation of the lower esophageal sphincter: results of a feasibility clinical trial.

**Department of Surgery, University of Southern California, The LINX® reflux management system: confirmed safety and efficacy now at 4 years.

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