Trinity Medical Center is the first hospital in Alabama to offer a new treatment for chronic reflux disease. Last week, Drs. Scott Pennington and John Touliatos, general surgeons, became the first physicians in Alabama to implant the LINX Reflux Management System.
Reflux, also called GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease), is a chronic, often progressive condition caused by a weak Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) that allows acid and bile to reflux from the stomach into the esophagus. Over 20 million Americans suffer from chronic GERD. The LINX System augments the weak LES, restoring the body’s natural barrier to reflux.
The LINX System is a small, flexible band of magnets enclosed in titanium beads. The device is laparoscopically placed around the esophagus just above the stomach. The magnetic attraction between the beads helps keep the LES closed to prevent reflux. Swallowing forces break the magnetic bond, allowing food and liquid to pass normally into the stomach. Magnetic attraction closes the LES immediately after swallowing, restoring the barrier to reflux.