2015-08-18 20:16:19 UTC

LINX Device Beneficial, Safe for GERD

Aug. 18, 2015

GI & Hep News summarizes recent data on the safety and efficacy of the magnetic device approved for treating GERD.

GI & Hepatology News reports that the five-year follow-up data on the LINX Reflux Management System — a magnetic device approved for treating GERD — confirm its long-term safety and efficacy.

The article explains that, five years after device implantation, the proportion of patients experiencing moderate to severe regurgitation had dropped to about 1 percent, from almost 60 percent at baseline, and two-thirds of patients were not taking any proton pump inhibitors. There were no device erosions or migrations, or any significant adverse events other than dysphagia, which was typically mild and not associated with weight loss and tended to resolve over time. These findings were presented at AGA's annual meeting, Digestive Disease Week®.

The device was approved by FDA in 2012 and is for the treatment of people with GERD as defined by abnormal pH testing, who continue to have chronic GERD symptoms that persist despite maximum medical therapy for the treatment of reflux. Read more in GI & Hepatology News.

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