Over 9,000 patients around the world have found permanent relief from gastroesophageal acid reflux disease with a small metal ring that’s about the size of a quarter.
Advanced acid reflux treatments like the LINX device are available right here in Brooklyn, NY. GERS is a serious problem that affects millions of people each year, but unfortunately, many people simply take over-the-counter antacids and other products that simply mask the symptoms. To deal with the GERD itself, the doctor inserts the LINX ring onto the lower portion of the esophagus. The ring prevents the patient from regurgitating stomach acid, thus keeping this dangerous substance out of the esophagus.
Many insurance companies cover this outpatient procedure.
Approach to Acid Reflux Treatments
For most people in Brooklyn, NY, GERD is not an easy condition to treat. Many people dealing with chronic heartburn take vast amounts of antacids, and since these concoctions often contain an analgesic as well, they feel better and think that they are better. Typically, that is not the case, as acid reflux disease, regardless of how painful it is, is often a precursor to esophageal cancer.
Other patients take the opposite approach, and seek the most aggressive treatment possible, or something like the LINX device, at the earliest sign of GERD symptoms.
Typically, if you take more than one or two antacids a week, it’s a good idea to see a gastroenterologist about the problem. To determine the extent of the damage, if any, our doctors usually perform an endoscopy to examine the LES (lower esophageal sphincter).
Endoscopes are small, thin, and flexible tubes with tiny high-resolution cameras, so the doctor can thoroughly examine the LES right in the office. Based on the endoscopy result, and on the patient’s needs and preferences, we then design a treatment plan that both alleviates discomfort and keeps the LES working at top efficiency.
If our doctor diagnoses GERD and the patient does not feel good about rigorous acid suppression therapy, the LINX may be an alternative. This tiny metal device is also magnetic, to further impede the flow of stomach acid.
There is some evidence that this treatment is quite effective, reducing acid exposure by up to 50 percent in some cases. Dysphagia (trouble swallowing) is the most common side-effect, and it is nearly always mild and temporary.
Contact us today so we may diagnose your digestive issues and work with you to formulate an effective treatment plan.