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February 10, 2015

Michigan’s St John Hospital provides new treatment for GERD

US-based St John Hospital and Medical Center is providing a new alternative treatment for patients with acid reflux disease or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

US-based St John Hospital and Medical Center is providing a new alternative treatment for patients with acid reflux disease or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

The hospital is offering a new treatment with Linx System, a small and flexible band of magnets enclosed in titanium beads.

GERD is caused by a weak muscle called lower oesophageal sphincter, and will lead to serious complications such as stricture, Barrett’s esophagus, and esophageal cancer.

St John Hospital surgeon Abdelkader Hawasli said: "This newest procedure for managing reflux is for select patients who are looking for a minimally invasive procedure that lets them go on a regular diet immediately after the procedure.

"The hospital is offering a new treatment with Linx System, a small and flexible band of magnets enclosed in titanium beads."

"Additionally, patients using the Linx procedure have no problems with belching, which is a common side effect of fundoplication surgery."

The FDA-approved device demonstrated positive results in a five-year trial, according to the report published in New England Journal of Medicine, noted St John Hospital.

Under the publication, the clinical trial assessed 100 patients with chronic GERD before and after treatment with the Linx System, of which 92% achieved freedom from daily GERD medication.

Noted to take less than one hour, the system will be implanted around the weak sphincter just above the stomach in a minimally invasive procedure.

According to the hospital, magnetic attraction between the beads helps keep a weak esophageal sphincter closed to prevent reflux.

St John Hospital, part of St John Providence Health System, is a 772-bed teaching hospital in Detroit, Michigan.

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