Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital, Kent is offering a new treatment for chronic reflux disease (GORD) using the latest LINX® System.
What is Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD)?
The LINX® System offers a new treatment option for GORD using laparoscopy or key hole surgery
Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD) also known as GERD, is a chronic, often progressive condition resulting from a weak Lower Oesophageal Sphincter (LOS) allowing acid and bile to flow back or ‘reflux’ from the stomach into the oesophagus.
GORD is a common condition affecting at least 10% of the population in western countries and is the leading physician diagnosis in gastroenterology outpatient clinics.
People experience symptoms of GORD in a variety of ways. The most common symptom of GORD is heartbrurn. Symptoms may also include regurgitation, sore throat, chest pain and cough.
If GORD is left untreated serious complications can occur such oesophagitis, stricture, Barrett's oesophagus, or oesophageal cancer.
The LINX® System
The LINX® System offers a new treatment option for GORD, reducing or eliminating symptoms through a simple, reversible procedure using laparoscopy or keyhole surgery.
The LINX® System is a small, flexible band of interlinked titanium beads with magnetic cores that helps the LOS resist opening to gastric pressures, creating a barrier to the reflux of acid and bile.
Swallowing forces temporarily break the magnetic bond to allow food and drink to pass normally through the LOS. The magnets then close the LOS immediately after swallowing to restore the body’s natural barrier to the reflux of acid and bile.
The LINX™ System is placed around the oesophagus just above the stomach using a common, minimally invasive surgical technique called laparoscopy or keyhole surgery.
Patients are placed under general anaesthesia during the procedure, which is generally completed in less than one hour. Once placed, the device will begin working immediately. Following the procedure, under our consultant's guidance, patients should be able to resume a normal diet and will typically resume normal activities in less than a week.
Unlike other surgical treatments for GORD, the LINX™System does not require any anatomic alteration of the stomach.
Side effects are generally minimal and resolve over time.
Our Consultants will be able to give you comprehensive information.
How effective is the LINX® System?
The LINX® System reduces or eliminates the symptoms of GORD without creating undue side effects.
A clinical study of the LINX® System showed excellent relief of GORD symptoms and significantly reduced levels of acid exposure in the oesophagus two years post implant.
This study also shows that two years post implant:
- 86% of people have completely stopped taking medication for GORD
- 86% of patients are satisfied with their condition.
- 90% of patients have a normal level of acid exposure in the oesophagus.
At Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital, Dr Maiden is the Gastroenterologist that provides diagnostic support and manages the implant registry.
Our specialist surgeon, Mr Boyle will be performimg the The LINX® System operation with all patients being managed through a multi-disciplinary team.
For more information or to book an appointment please call 01892 741150.