The LINX® System

Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital, Kent is offering a new treatment for chronic reflux disease (GORD) using the latest LINX® System.

The LINX® System offers a new treatment option for GORD using laparoscopy or key hole surgery

“Spire Tunbridge Wells is one of the most successful private LINX® providers in the UK. Mr Nicholas Boyle has made considerable effort to develop a multi-disciplinary service which addresses the complex needs of the chronic reflux patient in a very positive way.  Torax Medical (manufacturer of the LINX® System) is delighted to continue working in partnership to support the Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital reflux service.” 

Simon Freedman, Torax Medical Inc, Vice President Sales and Marketing

 "Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux and hiatus hernias are incredibly common and many people suffer terrible symptoms every day of their lives. Some of these symptoms can be difficult to diagnose and are sometimes misdiagnosed. Medical treatments including powerful antacid medications often don't work. Indeed, approximately 1% of all adults in the UK suffer significant daily symptoms, despite taking all available medical treatments.

 The LINX® procedure is increasingly establishing itself as a therapeutic option offered to patients in specialist centres. Over 2,500 patients have undergone LINX® surgery worldwide and the evidence accumulated over more than five years has been consistently very encouraging. The procedure is safe and very effective and increasingly more patients are choosing this option.

We take a multi-disciplinary team approach to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with suspected reflux. Our team includes experts in gastroenterology including endoscopy and physiology testing, respiratory medicine, ENT and laparoscopic keyhole surgery. We aim to ensure patients get the right diagnosis and are offered all the best treatment options. These include LINX® and we now have one of the largest experiences of treating patients with LINX® in the UK.

For those patients seeking a permanent and minimally invasive solution to their symptoms and who either don't want to take drugs long-term or in whom they are ineffective, the LINX® System appears to be the most exciting development we've seen for 20 years".

 Mr Nicholas Boyle, Consultant Upper GI Surgeon at Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital


What is Gastro-Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD)?

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 procedure

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.

Our Consultants

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.

LINX Symptom Checker

If you suffer from two or more of the following you may benefit from the LINX procedure:

  • Heartburn
  • Regurgitation
  • Chest pain
  • Nausea
  • Cough
  • Asthma
  • Sore mouth or tongue 
  • ENT problems
  • Upper abdominal pain 
  • Poor response to anti-acid medications
  • Unwilling to take anti-acid medications long-term

For more information about our specialist consultants, please see the profiles of Dr Maiden and Mr Boyle.  

Please click here for the latest LINX® press release and news article for views of the first LINX patient at Spire Tunbridge Wells Hospital and the Consultant Surgeon who performed the procedure.

Click here to read the recent Daily Mail Online article on the LINX Reflux Management System.

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