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LINX Procedure Specialist

Lakeland Surgical Clinic, PLLC

General Surgery and Advanced Robotic Surgery & General and Bariatric Surgeons located in Jackson, MS

The LINX® Reflux Management System stops acid reflux in over 99% of patients who get the surgery. The board-certified surgeons at Lakeland Surgical Clinic, PLLC, in Jackson, Mississippi, offer the LINX procedure. Patients who undergo the LINX procedure can avoid having to take a daily dose of acid reflux medication. To find out more about the procedure and how it treats gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), call Lakeland Surgical Clinic, PLLC, or book a consultation online today.

LINX Procedure Q & A

What is the LINX procedure?

The LlNX procedure, developed by Johnson & Johnson®, is a treatment for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It stops the fluids in your stomach from flowing upward into your esophagus, causing irritation. During the surgery, your surgeon places a magnetic ring around the opening between your stomach and esophagus, called the lower esophageal sphincter.

The device tightens the opening between your esophagus and stomach to strengthen the weak sphincter. While it restricts stomach acid from flowing upward, it isn’t tight enough to limit your ability to eat.

The LINX procedure is minimally invasive and usually takes about an hour to complete. The beads are titanium and biocompatible, so you don’t have to worry about suffering a reaction from them.

When should I consider getting the LINX procedure?

You might have GERD if you experience acid reflux symptoms more than twice weekly. Acid reflux symptoms happen when the acid from your stomach enters your esophagus, damaging its walls.

When it’s mild, acid reflux might not affect your life significantly. But frequent acid reflux can cause the need for daily medications to prevent or reduce its symptoms. The symptoms include:

  • Heartburn 
  • Bad taste from the back of your throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Tooth enamel wear

If you frequently experience the symptoms and complications of GERD and want to avoid taking a daily pill to manage them, discuss the LINX procedure with your physician.

How should I prepare for the LINX procedure?

The surgeons at Lakeland Surgical Clinic, PLLC, help you prepare for your LINX procedure, starting with your initial consultation. If they determine that you’re a candidate for the surgery, they’ll give you guidelines to follow as you approach the date of your surgery.

Your instructions could include:

  • Stopping smoking for at least two weeks
  • Avoiding blood-thinning medications like aspirin
  • Adjusting or stopping other medications you take regularly
  • Undergoing a gastrointestinal endoscopy
  • Undergoing esophageal motility testing

The Lakeland Surgical Clinic, PLLC, surgeons can answer all of your questions with clear, detailed information. They also help you plan for your recovery period, which will last several days after the surgery. Stop doing core workouts and abdominal exercises until you get your surgeon’s OK. Otherwise, you can resume normal activities shortly after your procedure.

GERD makes it difficult to fully enjoy yourself, especially after large or late meals and snacks. To find out if you’re a candidate for the LINX procedure, call Lakeland Surgical Clinic, PLLC, today or book your consultation online.