Q. How is the device placed?
A. The device is placed using a minimally invasive surgical technique call laparoscopy. This procedure uses small incisions in the abdominal wall to access the area around the esophagus where the device will be placed.
Q. How long does the procedure last?
A. The procedure usually lasts less than 1 hour, but each patient’s experience may differ.
Q. Will the magnets wear out?
A. The LINX™ device uses permanent magnets.
Q. When can I start eating normally again?
A. Patients are encouraged to return to a normal diet as quickly as tolerated.
Q. When can I return to normal physical activities?
A. The LINX™ device is placed using minimally invasive surgery so recovery should be quicker than with open surgery. Generally, patients are able to return to non-strenuous activity within a couple of days, however, as with any surgical procedure, they should consult their physician regarding post-operative care.
Q. Can I go through airport security?
A. The LINX™ device should not affect airport security, however, all patients will be provided an implant card to have available in the event an issue arises.
Q. Is there a risk of my body rejecting the LINX™ device?
A. The LINX™ device was designed to minimize the risk of rejection. All areas of the device that contact the body are made of materials that are used frequently in medical devices and have proven to be very stable. However, if you have a medical history that shows you are inclined to device rejection it is important that you share this information with your physician prior to receiving a LINX™ device.
Q. How do you know if I qualify to participate in the LINX™ Study?
A. Patients who wish to participate in this trial will have to fit certain inclusion and exclusion criteria; these will be discussed with a study physician and coordinator. If a patient meets these criteria and is eligible for the study, they will go through a series of evaluations prior to implant to confirm the state of their reflux disease and their overall health.