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Am I a Good Candidate for the LINX™ Procedure?

Am I a Good Candidate for the LINX™ Procedure?

When food goes from your esophagus into your stomach, it passes through a valve called your lower esophageal sphincter (LES). The LES opens to allow food to enter your stomach and closes to prevent food and acid from flowing back into your esophagus.

Various conditions can lead to failure in this part of your digestive system, such as:

However, if acid flows from your stomach to your esophagus regularly due to a weak LES, treatments shift from medications and lifestyle changes to surgical repairs. 

Whatever is causing your gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) symptoms, Dr. Nirav Naik at New Life Medical can diagnose and treat the problem. Dr. Naik is a leading board-certified surgeon in Bakersfield, California, with nearly three decades of experience. 

He also specializes in the revolutionary LINX procedure, a permanent solution for people who have chronic GERD that doesn’t respond to traditional treatments. Here’s how to tell if you might be a good candidate.

How LINX works

Your LES is a critical player in your digestive system. When it fails, acid flows upward into your esophagus. At best, you experience frequent heartburn; at worst, the acid damages your esophageal lining, putting you at risk for Barrett’s esophagus and cancer. 

LINX is a flexible, expanding-contracting ring of magnetic beads that Dr. Naik places over your LES. The beads open when you swallow and close after the food has passed through, just like your LES. 

The best part about LINX is that it doesn’t require alterations to your stomach as the traditional surgical treatment does. Dr. Naik can place the LINX device using minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, which stays in place permanently.

Good candidates for the LINX procedure

Dr. Naik recommends conservative treatments before surgery, but if you’ve exhausted your options and nothing seems to help, you may be a good candidate for the LINX procedure. Here are the general guidelines we use.

You’re eligible for LINX if:

You’re not eligible or LINX if:

Note: While a hiatal hernia typically disqualifies you for the LINX procedure, Dr. Naik can repair your hernia at the same time he performs the LINX procedure. 

Life after LINX

Studies show that LINX is effective for most people, and the results last a long time. After five years:

The LINX procedure is safe, fast, and effective. To find out if you’re a good candidate, contact New Life Medical at 661-230-7344.

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