How Does The LINX® System prevent Reflux?
The LINX® System works because of its proprietary technology: a flexible band of magnets which are encased in titanium beads, then strung together on titanium wire. The LINX® System works with the patient’s weakened Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) to help prevent GERD.
LINX® System Animation
The attraction between the magnetic beads works to keep the LES closed, thereby preventing the back flow of acid into the esophagus. prevent reflux (see Figure 1). The force exerted by the patient’s swallowing reflex is sufficient to temporarily breaks the magnetic bond. This allows food and drink to enter the stomach. (see Figure 2). After swallowing, magnetic attraction closes the LES once again, holding the LES closed (until the patient swallows again) and preventing reflux.
Figure 1 Figure 2
How is the LINX® System Put in Place?
The LINX® System is put in place via laparoscopy, a minimally invasive surgical technique. The patient is placed under general anesthesia for the short procedure, which generally takes less than one hour. Once placed around the lower esophagus, the LINX® device begins working immediately.