Managing Acid Reflux
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) can be a daily battle against heartburn and indigestion. At Cardiothoracic Surgery Associates (CSA), our team of specialists can help to treat your heartburn symptoms. We offer the LINX® Reflux Management Procedure, a minimally invasive option for heartburn relief.
Acid reflux is caused by a continual weakening of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES), which is a muscle located between the esophagus and the stomach. The relaxing of the LES allows stomach acid to reflux back into the esophagus, causing heartburn. Lifestyle changes and medications can combat heartburn symptoms, but they do not actually stop the reflux, so many patients will have breakthrough symptoms, even while on medication.
The LINX® Procedure
CSA offers the cutting-edge LINX® procedure for management of persistent GERD. In this minimally-invasive surgery, a small, quarter-sized ring shaped device is implanted around the lower esophageal sphincter. The LINX® device then augments the lower esophageal sphincter so that it can open to allow food to pass through and then close to prevent stomach acid from refluxing into the esophagus and causing heartburn.
Patients have reported many benefits from the LINX® procedure, including:
- Freedom from bothersome heartburn
- No need to take daily reflux medication
- No daily regurgitation
- Significantly less gas and bloating then can be seen with traditional anti-reflux procedures such as a laparoscopic fundoplication
While each patient is different, recovery times are usually shorter after this minimally invasive procedure when compared to other traditional surgeries.
Meet the Surgical Team
At CSA, our team of specialists is committed to the most innovative and minimally invasive treatment options for our patients. Our reflux disease team offers comprehensive services to ensure each patient has a successful recovery.
For more information about heartburn relief and the LINX® procedure at CSA, contact us today at (303) 226-4650.