Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) occurs when the acid from the stomach flows towards the lower esophagus. This condition is generally regarded as acid reflux. If the acid reflux is frequent, it can lead to GERD.
The esophagus is generally guarded with a sphincter (lower esophageal sphincter) to avoid acid reflux. The stomach lining is thick enough to protect the stomach wall from the acid, while the lining of the esophagus is not. Therefore an acid leak into the esophagus can severely damage the esophagus and lead to Barrett’s esophagus. Due to persistent GERD, the cells of the esophagus transform, and this can also lead to esophageal cancer.
A LINX procedure in Dallas has several benefits. This procedure completely prevents acid reflux without disturbing the flow of food through the esophagus.
How does LINX work?
The procedure is quite simple. The doctors use magnetic beads of titanium held with a Titanium string. This band of magnetic titanium beads is used to compress the lower end of the esophagus. The magnetic attraction between the beads compresses the esophagus and prevents the acid from leaking into the esophagus.
When a person consumes food, the force of swallowing allows the food to pass through the titanium band easily. However, the magnetic attraction between the beads does not allow acid to leak into the esophagus as the gastric pressure is not so significant.
The procedure does not involve cutting the stomach or the esophagus so the person can be discharged the next day and get back to their regular diet on the same day. The recovery period is short.
How Does One Benefit From LINX?
The titanium band works like a standard valve or a sphincter, and this has its advantages. Some of the benefits include:
- Acid reflux is absent or reduced significantly.
- No need for anti-acid reflux medications.
- Heartburn also reduces.
- The LINX procedure is minimally invasive as compared to other treatment options for GERD.
- The procedure has a speedy recovery.
- The postoperative period is one day or even less.
If you have been facing trouble with acid reflux, then this is the perfect option for you. You can consult your doctor for further assistance. Your doctor will first examine your condition, and, based on the severity, the doctor may suggest a LINX procedure, or maybe medications will be sufficient.