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Linx Reflux Management System              What do you need to              know           C. Daniel Smith, MD          ww...
What is it?          • Bracelet of magnetic beads          • Magnetic force holds bracelet              closed until press...
Has the device been tested?         • Device in development for past           9-10 years         • Studied in humans for ...
How is it placed?          • Surgically placed around end of            esophagus over existing lower            esophagea...
Who is a candidate?         • You must have objectively confirmed           diagnosis of GERD with incomplete           co...
Who is a candidate?         • Current testing will be required               esophageal pH test (off medicine)            ...
Where can I get it?          • Procedure will be available at            Centers with expertise in all aspects            ...
GERD Definitions         Typical GERD Symptoms               Heartburn               Regurgitation               Chest pai...
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New Offering for GERD

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New Offering for GERD

  1. 1. Linx Reflux Management System What do you need to know C. Daniel Smith, MD www.facebook.com/cdanielsmith
  2. 2. What is it? • Bracelet of magnetic beads • Magnetic force holds bracelet closed until pressure in esophagus causes magnetic force to release • Resting state is closed to prevent GERD • Opens and closes in response to swallowed food or liquids
  3. 3. Has the device been tested? • Device in development for past 9-10 years • Studied in humans for over 4 years • Results from studies presented to FDA in January 2012 • FDA approved the device for U.S. use in March 2012 • Device in use in Europe since 2010
  4. 4. How is it placed? • Surgically placed around end of esophagus over existing lower esophageal sphincter • Placed using laparoscopy • Typically an outpatient procedure • Resume normal diet immediately after surgery
  5. 5. Who is a candidate? • You must have objectively confirmed diagnosis of GERD with incomplete control of symptoms while on medication • No evidence of Barretts esophagus of active esophagitis (grade c or d) • Hiatal hernia of 3 cm or less • Candidate for surgical procedure
  6. 6. Who is a candidate? • Current testing will be required esophageal pH test (off medicine) esophageal motility test barium swallow upper endoscopy (EGD) • Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or less • At least 18 years of age • Not pregnant
  7. 7. Where can I get it? • Procedure will be available at Centers with expertise in all aspects of the management of GERD • Surgeons and gastroenterologists will have been specifically trained in the Linx Reflux Management System • Check company’s website for list of implanting centers (www.toraxmedical.com)
  8. 8. GERD Definitions Typical GERD Symptoms Heartburn Regurgitation Chest pain Atypical GERD Symptoms Cough Laryngitis Sore throat Asthma

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