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Managing GERD with LINX

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Through the VITAL program, Highmark Health is currently supporting the testing and validation of several leading-edge medical breakthroughs at Allegheny Health Network and other hospitals, including the LINX device, a new minimally-invasive method to control severe acid reflux and avoid esophageal cancer and other diseases.

LINX is a ring of tiny magnetic titanium beads that restores the stomach's natural acid barrier. LINX Is surgically placed around the area where the stomach and esophagus meet. Once in place, it:

  • Opens up to let in food and liquids when patients swallow.
  • Quickly closes to keep stomach acid from traveling up the esophagus and causing heartburn.

After the surgery, patients can eat normally within an hour and no special diet is required. Over 90 percent of patients no longer need daily medications for reflux.

Giving patients the medical breakthroughs of tomorrow, today, is Living Proof.