LINX™ surgery is a revolutionary procedure that helps to alleviate the symptoms of acid reflux (GORD/GERD) by strengthening the Lower Oesophageal Sphincter (LOS). The LINX™ device consists of a small flexible band of magnetic titanium beads that’s placed around the oesophagus. The contracting magnetic force of the band strengthens the body’s natural barrier against acid reflux, whilst still allowing food and liquid to easily pass through when swallowing. Over 90% of our patients experience a significant improvement in their reflux symptoms following LINX™ surgery.
What is acid reflux (also known as GORD)?
Acid Reflux, or Gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD), is a very common condition which affects millions of people. In fact evidence suggests that up to 20% (1 in 5) of the UK population have symptoms of GORD defined by at least weekly heartburn and/or acid regurgitation. Symptoms include heartburn, chest pain, belching, bloating, nausea and pain on swallowing, amongst others. Read more on: what acid reflux disease/GORD is, and the typical symptoms
If you are dissatisfied with your current acid reflux / GORD treatment and feel it’s time to explore a surgical solution, we can help. The Reflux Centre is a private practice that specialises in LINX™ and fundoplication surgery, and together with our nationwide team of specialist surgeons we will advise whether you might benefit from surgery.
Acid reflux diagnosis
Our diagnosis and assessment of acid reflux is based on your medical history and the symptoms you describe. If we establish that a surgical procedure may be of benefit, we would require a recent endoscopy report and manometry test. These reflux tests will help us to confidently determine whether a procedure will be successful. We do NOT routinely use 24hr PH testing.
Most people with mild or infrequent acid reflux/GORD can be adequately controlled by medication (usually PPIs), but for some people medication is no longer effective, whilst others may have concerns about long-term treatment with these drugs. Understandably, many people would prefer a less invasive option, and the LINX™ device offers such a solution.
So if you are not getting symptom relief with medication alone, LINX™ could be the answer. A clinical trial, published in the New England Journal of Medicine in February 2013 showed that following LINX™ Reflux Surgery, 92% of patients improved their quality of life after 93% reduced their use of PPIs. Read the full article
Or perhaps you simply want expert advice about acid reflux, or to discuss your symptoms with a specialist consultant. Just complete our short form and we will be happy to arrange an appointment with one of our consultants.