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Relief for GERD

A new device is being used by surgeons at Community Hospital in Munster that will greatly improve quality of life for many chronic heartburn sufferers. LINX is currently the only medical device approved by the FDA as a safe and effective treatment for gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Using minimally invasive laparoscopic surgical technique, surgeons position the LINX device around the esophagus just above the stomach. The quarter-sized flexible band of magnetic titanium beads strengthens the body’s natural barrier against acid reflux while allowing food and liquid to easily pass through when swallowing. The magnets open to allow food and liquid down, then close to prevent stomach contents from moving up, stopping acid reflux at the source.

Key Benefits of LINX:

  • Minimally invasive procedure restores reflux barrier
  • Preserves the ability to belch and vomit
  • Can reduce or eliminate dependence on medication
  • Reduces gas and bloating
  • No alteration to gastric fundus
  • Removable
  • Does not limit future treatment options

When heartburn and reflux can no longer be managed by over-the-counter medications, call for a referral to a surgeon and gastroenterologist on staff at 219-836-3477.