Acid Reflux: FDA Approves Device That’s Easy for the Googlechondriac to Swallow

LINXAcid reflux–if you don’t suffer from it you probably know somebody who does. Just Google heart burn or chronic cough and presto you’ll see acid reflux on your screen.

Dr. Preeti Malladi is a minimally invasive general and bariatric surgeon at Forest Park Medical Center in Dallas, TX.

“About 40 million people suffer from this,” Dr. Malladi said. “Almost 1 in 5 people suffer from acid reflux.”

And there are so many questions–including what can happen if I play doctor myself?

“The scary thing about acid reflux is that it’s so common and patients tend to treat themselves,” Dr. Malladi said. “They don’t go and see the doctor and unfortunately esophageal cancer is on the rise, it’s one of the fastest rising cancers in the last ten years.”

Okay, the cancer reference probably got your attention–but here is the good news–there’s a new minimally invasive FDA approved treatment called the LINX Reflux Management System.

Right now Dr. Malladi is the only surgeon in the Dallas area certified to perform the procedure.

She’s the expert so I’ll let her explain.

“It’s a band of magnetic beads that go around the lower esophagus and help strengthen the lower esophagus,” Dr. Malladi explained. “What’s great about it is these beads open when we eat so it allows you to eat normally but then closes to keep the acid and food from refluxing back into the esophagus.”

Dr. Mallodi said the minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure that takes about an hour.

The only other surgical procedure involves wrapping the stomach around the esophagus like a collar–which is more invasive.

A new study finds that 100% of LINX patients stopped regurgitating and 93% of them were able to cut way back on medications.

So all of those trigger foods that you love but had to avoid like tomatoes, coffee and hamburgers–they’re now fair game.

“You don’t have to avoid those foods anymore that you wanted to eat,” Dr, Malladi said. “You really can get back to your normal lifestyle.”

So the next time you’re Googling type in Forest Park Medical Center for the scoop on LINX.


1 Comment to “Acid Reflux: FDA Approves Device That’s Easy for the Googlechondriac to Swallow”

    BestDocsDFW said:
    May 14, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    You can learn more about the LINX Procedure and Dr. Malladi here on the Best Docs Network:

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