For patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) , heartburn can be a daily battle. If you or a loved one is experiencing chronic heartburn symptoms, the Medical Center of Aurora (TMCA) can offer heartburn relief through the innovative, minimally invasive LINX Reflux Management Procedure.
Acid reflux is caused by a progressive failure of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), the muscular sphincter between the esophagus and the stomach. When the LES relaxes too much, stomach acid backs up into the esophagus, causing heartburn. Some lifestyle changes and medications can combat heartburn symptoms, but the reflux is still happening and many patients will have breakthrough symptoms even while on medication.
The LINX Procedure
TMCA is among the first facilities in the Denver Metro area to offer the cutting-edge LINX procedure for management and relief of acid reflux symptoms. A small, quarter-sized device is implanted laparoscopically around the lower esophagus, which allows the LINX device to perform the role of the LES to prevent stomach acid from entering the esophagus and causing heartburn.
Patients have reported numerous benefits from the LINX procedure, including:
- 85 percent of patients were free from dependence on daily reflux medication
- 88 percent of patients reported that bothersome heartburn had been eliminated
- 99 percent of patients eliminated bothersome regurgitation
- Patients reported significant improvement in gassiness and bloating
While each patient is different, patients experience significantly shorter recovery times after the minimally invasive LINX procedure when compared to traditional endoscopic or laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery.
Our Surgery Team
Our entire team at TMCA is dedicated to providing patients with innovative treatment plans and minimally invasive procedures, like the LINX procedure. Our reflux disease team is led by Dr. Jenifer Marks, a leading physician in the treatment of acid reflux and heartburn symptoms caused by gastro-esophageal reflux disease.