New Product for Acid Reflux

For people with terrible heartburn – a solution may actually be available. A bracelet-like device has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2012 to help gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD).

The new device, called the LINX device, is a magnetic bead that has to be implanted around a muscle at the bottom of the esophagus.

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have now concluded that LINX should be considered as a first-line treatment for acid reflex.

As Dr Robert Ganz, chief of gastroenterology at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and associate professor of medicine at the University of Minnesota, said: ‘This study demonstrates the LINX procedure provides significant and durable improvement in heartburn, regurgitation, PPI independence and quality of life. Patients can now have a relatively simple procedure to restore their sphincter function and avoid the invasiveness required in fundoplication procedures. In my view, LINX represents the next generation of anti-reflux treatment.”

 

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