The new LINX procedure allows for surgical correction of the defective sphincter with minimal disruption of the regional anatomy. Medical engineers created a bracelet consisting of a series of magnetic beads that can be placed around the lower esophagus to augment the physiologic sphincter and protect the patient from reflux. Because the beads are able to slide independently from each other it creates a dynamic valve that can expand to allow for swallowing or belching but resists opening to typical gastric reflux. Consequently the side effects after surgery are less but the control of GERD that surgery offers is maintained.
The Heartburn Center at Virginia Hospital Center under the direction of Dr. Gillian is the first and currently only center in Virginia and Washington DC to offer the LINX procedure to patients.