LINX - Stopping Reflux at its source
The LINX Procedure for Reflux Control
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a common problem with most people noticing some combination of heartburn or regurgitation of fluids from their stomach into their throat or mouth.Medications like proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) can significantly reduce symptoms and in some cases heal many of the complications seen by gastroenterologists like ulcers, strictures and esophagitis.Unfortunately GERD is often a progressive disease due to the disruption of the regional anatomy.After 40 years of medical management we now have 20 million patients on PPIs and the frequency of this diagnosis is increasing 30% every 10 years.Even with current medical management 30-40% report only partial relief of their symptoms.
In order to better inform prospective patients and their families, this section offers resources on minimally invasive surgery (MIS), with a focus on selected procedures performed using the da Vinci® Surgical System.
Recent advancements in minimally invasive surgical technologies mean that today's patients have a broader range of alternatives to conventional open surgery than patients did just 10 years ago. These advancements include the da Vinci Surgical System, which is providing patients with new, minimally invasive surgical procedures that offer significant advantages over traditional "open" surgeries. These robotic-assisted minimally invasive procedures – available to treat conditions as diverse as obesity, heart disease and prostate cancer – can benefit patients with less pain, discomfort, blood loss and a quicker return to normal activities.