What causes reflux / GORD? Gastro-oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) is a chronic, often progressive disease resulting from a weak Lower Oesophageal Sphincter (LOS). The LOS is a muscle at the junction of the stomach and oesophagus that functions as the body’s natural barrier to reflux. It acts like a valve, allowing food and liquid to pass through to the stomach, closing immediately after swallowing, preventing reflux. However, in people with GORD, the LOS is weak, allowing acid and bile to reflux from the stomach into the oesophagus.
What are the Symptoms of GORD? People experience the symptoms of GORD in a variety of ways, the most common of which is heartburn. Symptoms may also include: regurgitation, sore throat, cough, chest pain
Why do I continue to suffer reflux despite my medication? Medications for GORD, such as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), H2 blockers, and antacids, are designed to control or suppress acid production in the stomach. They do not address the cause of reflux, a weak Lower Esophageal Sphincter, and therefore, do not prevent reflux.
How is a LINX™ procedure performed? The LINX™ System is implanted using a common, minimally invasive surgical technique called laparoscopy (Keyhole Surgery). Patients are placed under general anesthesia during the procedure which is generally completed in less than one hour.
Which hospital will the procedure be performed in? We operate at the Princess Grace Hospital in London and the Spire Hospital in Manchester.
Who will do the procedure? Initially we will work exclusively with three surgeons, Professor Franco Favretti, Professor Basil Ammori and Mr Ameet Patel. These are internationally renowned surgeons with particular expertise in this field of surgery. Please use the links provided to read in detail about Prof Favretti, Prof Ammori and Mr Patel.
How do you ensure that the LINXTM is the right size when it is fitted? We use a special sizing tool that is provided by the manufacturer.
Is the LINXTM device approved for use in the UK? Yes, it has a CE mark allowing distribution in the UK and Europe.
What happens if the device breaks? We have no evidence of this happening but in the very unlikely event it did, we would meet the cost of explanting and, if appropriate, replacement of the device at our expense.
Will the device need to be replaced after a certain number of years? No, this is a lifetime procedure.
Will the beads lose their magnetism over time? No, these are rare earth magnets and they will maintain their magnetism throughout life. They will never wear out.
When can I expect to see the benefits? Patients are able to resume a normal diet immediately when they recover from the operation, usually the day after surgery. Most patients describe an immediate improvement in their symptoms. Some patients experience a period of temporary dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) from 7-10 days after the device is implanted, but this can be managed and in all cases resolves after 3 months.
Can I vomit and belch? Yes, patients say that one of the attractions of this procedure by comparison to fundoplication procedures is that they are able to belch and vomit.
Will I receive aftercare/support? Yes, all LINXTM patients will be offered the chance to be entered into a registry and receive regular support from our specialist team, including follow up appointments as required.
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