General Surgery

LINX Device

The LINX system has been designed to prevent gastro-oesophageal reflux disease.

Frequently Asked Questions

The LINX System is a small flexible band of interlinked titanium beads with magnetic cores. The magnetic attraction between the beads is intended to help the lower oesophageal sphincter prevent reflux from the stomach into the oesophagus.

The LINX device is straight forward to insert with minimal anatomical disruption. The efficacy is equivalent to standard anti-reflux surgery with a lower risk of post-operative abdominal bloating and inability to vomit. The device is also likely to have better longevity than standard surgery.

Initial rates of dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) are higher, but usually subside over 6-8 weeks. You will not be able to have an MRI scan over 3 Tesla as this may disrupt the band. There is a small risk of device erosion. Initial data suggests a removal rate of about 6%.

Surgery should be very successful provided it is performed for the correct indications. Patients should not require any more acid suppression medications and can expect immediate resolution of their symptoms.

Small cuts are made in the abdominal wall to allow passage of keyhole instruments. The barrier between the oesophagus and stomach is then recreated using the LINX device. A hiatal repair will also be performed.

The ‘LINX’ procedure is a day case. You will receive a post-operative diet instruction sheet. You will not be discharged until you are comfortable and eating and drinking.

You will be discharged from hospital with a supply of simple painkillers with instructions on how to use them. Regular paracetamol is particularly effective. Most patients do not require painkillers after 3 days.

Generally, it is recommended to take two weeks off after surgery. Your ability to return to work will depend on your job and varies between individuals. Patients can often return to work a week after surgery if required. We would not recommend flying immediately after surgery. This should be discussed on a case-by-case basis with the consultant.

Driving should be avoided in the first week after surgery. Once you can perform an emergency stop in a stationary vehicle and turn to view your blind spot then driving should be safe. It is preferable to contact your insurance company to check for any specific instructions they may have.

The hospital ward provides a 24/7 means of contact and will give you a contact number on discharge. They will contact the consultant about any concerns and are able to give advice if required. During working hours, the secretary will answer any queries.

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