The Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) is the body’s natural barrier to reflux.
In patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease the natural barrier has lost its muscular tone necessary to keep the contents of the stomach from routinely "refluxing" into the esophagus.
This reflux is responsible for the discomfort of heartburn. More importantly, it can damage the walls of the esophagus and lead to more serious conditions such as esophagitis and Barrett's esophagus.
The LINX™ Reflux Management System
The LINX™ System is an investigational device designed to restore the function of the Lower Esophageal Sphincter; preventing reflux and many of the symptoms that accompany it.
The LINX™ device is made of titanium beads that are linked together to take the shape of a small bracelet. Each of these beads contains a magnetic core that attracts it to the beads next to it.
Using a surgical technique called laparoscopy, the LINX™ device is placed around the esophagus in the area of the Lower Esophageal Sphincter. Once in place, the magnetic attraction between the beads may help support the esophagus to prevent reflux episodes.
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A poorly functioning Lower Esophageal Sphincter allows stomach contents to reflux into the esophagus
The LINX™ device is designed to help restore the body’s natural barrier between the stomach and the esophagus, preventing reflux but still allowing for normal swallows.