Salt Lake City, Utah (PRWEB) May 08, 2013
Christina Richards, M.D., a surgeon for the Heartburn Care Center at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, is the first in Utah to provide the LINX® Reflux Management System for patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). LINX® is a small, flexible device designed to minimize and even eliminate the symptoms of GERD. Comprised of a titanium ring of magnetic beads, LINX® is placed around the lower esophageal sphincter to reinforce its normal function.
In a patient with GERD, the lower esophageal sphincter is weakened and functions abnormally, allowing stomach acid and bile to reflux into the esophagus. Over time, individuals with GERD experience severe pain, discomfort, and a number of complications. The components of the LINX® device are unique — the magnetic bond is strong enough to help the lower esophageal sphincter resist gastric pressure yet is designed to temporarily release, allowing for normal swallowing when eating and drinking.
Through a minimally-invasive technique called laparoscopy, a surgeon uses a precision sizing tool to determine the appropriate size of ring to use on each patient. The LINX® device is then positioned around the lower esophageal sphincter and the ends are secured together. The procedure generally lasts less than an hour, and most patients expect a quick recovery.
“In many instances, patients with GERD cannot find relief from traditional, nonsurgical methods of treatment. LINX® offers a highly adaptable treatment option for GERD by addressing the source of reflux – a weak lower esophageal sphincter,” said Dr. Richards. “I’m excited about offering this procedure to patients who need a permanent solution to this disease.”
For more information about LINX® Reflux Management System at the Heartburn Care Center at Salt Lake Regional Medical Center, call 1-866-431-WELL.
About Salt Lake Regional Medical Center
Salt Lake Regional Medical Center has been caring for the people of the Salt Lake Valley for 135 years. Built in 1875, it was one of the first hospitals in the Salt Lake Valley. Salt Lake Regional offers comprehensive healthcare services, including emergency care, heart care, advanced surgical procedures, diagnostic imaging, maternity care, women’s services and help for a broad range of medical conditions. Currently, the 200-bed hospital encompasses 316,000 sq. ft. of medical facilities, including three medical office buildings on campus. For more information, visit saltlakeregional.com or call 1-866-431-WELL (9355).