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Norwalk Hospital Offers New Treatment Option for Chronic Reflux Disease

By Norwalk Hospital

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Norwalk, CT - Neil Floch, M.D., FACS, director of minimally invasive surgery and director of bariatric surgery at Norwalk Hospital, has now completed several laparoscopy surgeries using the LINX ® System for the treatment of chronic gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).

Approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2012, the LINX® System is a flexible “bracelet” of small, interlinked titanium beads with magnetic cores. The band, implanted just above the stomach – around the esophagus – strengthens a weak lower esophageal sphincter (LES). It uses magnetic attraction to prevent the LES from opening to the reflux of bile and acid from the stomach into the esophagus.

According to the American College of Gastroenterology, 15 million Americans suffer from heartburn, a symptom of GERD, every day. Untreated GERD can result in serious complications including the pre-cancerous condition Barrett’s Esophagus, increasing the risk for esophageal cancer.

“Laparosocpic surgery with the LINX® system is an exciting treatment advancement for the millions who suffer from chronic heartburn, regurgitation and nausea and desire an alternative to life-long medications,” states Dr. Floch. “This minimally invasive surgery eliminates or reduces reflux symptoms without the gas and bloating or altering of the stomach associated with traditional reflux surgery.”

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