Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Treatment at Medical City Plano

GERD anatomy

Medical City Plano's general surgeons offer the only FDA-approved medical device for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux-disease (GERD). Whether you call it heartburn, acid reflux or GERD, it's a miserable condition that affects 1 in 5 U.S. adults. Stomach acid and bile splashing up from the stomach to the esophagus can produce symptoms such as heartburn, chest pain, regurgitation, sore throat and cough. Untreated or ineffectively treated, GERD can lead to serious complications, including injury to the lining of the esophagus and esophageal cancers, such as adenocarcinoma.

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Conventional treatments for acid reflux symptoms, such as antacids and acid suppression drugs, don't work for everyone. If they haven't worked for you, it may be time to explore this safe, effective treatment alternative.

"I am so thankful. I could not be happier with the results." - Lori Arcayna, Flight Attendant

Minimally Invasive GERD Treatment at Medical City Plano

The LINX® Reflux Management System uses a tiny, flexible band of titanium-encased magnets to support a weak esophageal sphincter. The magnetic attraction between the beads helps keep the weak sphincter closed to prevent reflux. In a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure that typically takes less than an hour, a general surgeon implants the LINX System around the sphincter just above the stomach.

an abnormally functioning valve allows stomach bile to splash up into the esophagus

The LINX procedure is typically an outpatient procedure and patients can go home the same day.

LINX Clinical Study Results

The three-year results of a five-year study of the LINX Reflux Management System appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Study participants reported:

  • An end to severe regurgitation (100%)
  • An end to daily sleep disruption due to heartburn (99%)
  • Satisfaction with overall condition (94%)
  • Freedom from daily GERD medication (92%)
  • Significant symptom improvement (91%)