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How does it work?
The LINX® System is made with neodymium permanent rare earth magnets. The magnets are cased in titanium and each bead is joined by individual titanium wires. The Roman arch design means that the device does not compress the tissue around the oesophagus and a specially designed to clasp securely locks one end of the device to the other so it will not come undone.
The device consists of a small flexible band of interlinked titanium beads with magnetic cores. This flexible band is placed around the lower oesophageal sphincter (LOS).
The beads will separate temporarily as the force of a swallow allows food and drink to pass into the stomach. The magnetic attraction between the beads then brings the device back to the closed position to prevent reflux occurring.
The magnets are calibrated to allow higher gastric pressures to open the device, but will not open for the lower gastric pressure of reflux. This means that the device will also open if there is a need to release increased pressure in the stomach when belching or vomiting.
What is LINX?
This novel technology is a small flexible band of interlinked titanium beads with magnetic cores designed to augment the weak Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES), restoring the body's natural barrier to reflux. The procedure is performed with a key-
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How is the LINX® System Implanted?
The LINX® System is implanted around the oesophagus just above the stomach by using a standard laparoscopic approach. The procedure is substantially less complex and time-
Advantages of LINX over conventional fundoplication:
Risks and Benefits:
Although LINX is a very safe procedure, it can be associated with few complications very similar to fundoplication. Majority of the complications are of minor nature such as wound infection, bleeding and shoulder tip pain from the laparoscopy. One can rarely encounter with difficulty swallowing specially when starting solid diet.
Patients with following conditions may not be suitable for LINX procedure.
1. Chronic backache who may require MRI scan
2. Large hiatus hernia >3cm
3. Barretts oesophagitis