Daniel Smith, M.D., chair of the Surgery Department at Mayo Clinic in Florida, and an internationally recognized expert on the treatment of GERD, says "I expect this device to be a game changer for the treatment of GERD in select patients who have failed management with drugs,"
Although there is a possibility of adverse effects such as difficulty swallowing, pain when swallowing food, chest pain, vomiting, and nausea, results from feasibility and pivotal trials carried out in a 5-year follow-up plan by the company that developed the device indicate that the benefits obtained with the LINX Reflux Management System outweigh its risks. In considering this procedure, however, it is important to note that patients in whom the LINX device has been implanted will no longer be able to undergo Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) procedures, since the magnetic beads will interfere with the machine and can cause injury to the patient and damage to the device.
Mayo Clinic in Florida expects to offer this new treatment immediately, and will be one of the first health care institutions in the United States to do so. For further information, visit the Acid Reflux Surgery page at http://heartburnsymptomshelp.com