Chronic heartburn, which is caused by Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, or GERD, is a common condition that affects digestion, causing discomforts such as chest pain, hoarseness, coughing, and trouble sleeping. If you are suffering from GERD and the chronic heartburn this disease causes, you do not have to live with your symptoms. At Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center , you can find treatment to meet your needs with the innovative solution of LINX reflux management, which is only offered in a few centers nationwide. Read on to learn more about LINX and other possible treatment options that can address your GERD symptoms.
Heartburn is the result of stomach acid getting into the esophagus due to a weak lower esophageal sphincter (LES). While drug therapy will not prevent this cause of GERD, it can offer some relief by reducing acid production in the stomach.
The LINX Device is a small magnetic ring, which is placed around the lower esophagus to mimic the function of the LES, thereby keeping the opening of the stomach closed to prevent acid reflux. The procedure to put the LINX device in place is a minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, and it only takes about 30 minutes to perform.
For some patients, making lifestyle changes such as a new diet may help to reduce irritation from stomach acid. Cutting down on spicy foods, fatty foods, and alcohol can be helpful in minimizing heartburn, though other treatments may still be beneficial in addition to new eating habits. Losing weight and quitting smoking are also potentially helpful changes you can make to manage GERD symptoms.
As the only hospital in Las Vegas to offer the LINX procedure , Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is a regional leader in heartburn treatment and management of other digestive disorders. To learn more about the innovative treatment offered at our Heartburn Center, visit us online or call (702) 233-5300 and speak with one of our registered nurses.