GASTROENTEROLOGY & GI SURGERY

The LINX Device and TIF Offer Minimally Invasive Options to Treat GERD

Oct. 8, 2020

Houston Methodist has some of the most experienced surgeons in Texas using the LINX device to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), replacing the need for traditional open surgery that permanently alters the esophagus and stomach.

Surgeons at the Underwood Center were the first in Houston to study and use the LINX device, and participated in the CALIBER study that led to FDA approval.

A ring of magnetic titanium beads, the LINX device, is laparoscopically placed near the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) to help restore an effective barrier at the gastroesophageal junction (GEJ). At rest, the beads form a ring around the esophagus, supporting the sphincter without compressing the esophagus. With natural pressure of physiologic functions, the magnetic bonds release, enabling the patient to swallow, belch or vomit. This helps reduce regurgitation, gassiness, heartburn and indigestion, greatly improving quality of life for our patients.

We also offer transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) to treat GERD. Using the TIF procedure, surgeons use an endoscope transorally to staple the stomach to the esophagus. The top of the stomach is wrapped around the far end of the esophagus and on top of the LES. This procedure is similar to a traditional fundoplication, but uses no external incisions and results in fewer side effects for patients as compared to open surgical fundoplication.