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LINX® FAQ's


What is LINX®?

LINX® is a small, flexible band of magnets that is surgically placed around the esophagus just above the stomach to help prevent reflux.

How does LINX® work?

The strength of the magnets helps keep the valve between your stomach and esophagus closed to prevent reflux. When you swallow, the magnets separate temporarily to allow food and liquid to pass into the stomach.

How is LINX® implanted?

LINX® is placed around the esophagus just above stomach using a minimally invasive surgical technique. The procedure lasts about an hour and many patients are able to go home the same day.

What does LINX® cost?

For patients with insurance, the out-of-pocket cost is based on your insurance plan, including deductibles and co-payments.

Does insurance cover LINX®?

Insurance companies and Medicare are approving patients for LINX® on a case-by-case basis. We work closely with insurance companies to receive an approval for the LINX® procedure before scheduling your surgery. Once you have completed your pre-tests and are a candidate for LINX®, we will start the approval process.

When can I start eating normally again?

Patients are encouraged to return to a normal diet as soon as tolerated as directed by their physician.

When can I return to normal physical activities?

Patients are generally able to return to non-strenuous activity within a couple of days.

How long will LINX® last?

Patients are generally able to return to non-strenuous activity within a couple of days.

Can I go through airport security?

LINX should not affect airport security. All patients are provided an implant card to let people know they have an implant.

Can I have an MRI?

Yes. LINX® patients may undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) up to
.7 – Tesla (0.7T). You should discuss the MRI scanning options with your doctor prior to deciding on treatment with LINX®.

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