DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. – (November 19, 2018) – Halifax Health is the first and only healthcare provider in Volusia and Flagler counties to offer the LINX® Reflux Management System – a revolutionary solution for sufferers of chronic heartburn and acid reflux. A presentation about the LINX® System will be led by David Ramshaw, M.D. on Thursday, November 29, beginning at 6:30 p.m., at Halifax Health Medical Center of Daytona Beach, 303 North Clyde Morris Boulevard, France Tower, Meeting Room E.
“More than 15 million people experience heartburn every day. With the LINX® Reflux Management System, we can help those inconvenienced by chronic heartburn and acid reflux through this minimally invasive procedure that prevents stomach acid from entering the esophagus,” explains Dr. David Ramshaw, a general surgeon at Halifax Health - Twin Lakes Surgery Center. He adds, “Research shows that after undergoing this procedure, 88 percent of LINX® patients are relieved of heartburn, while 85 percent no longer have to use daily reflux medication. This procedure is also helpful in alleviating uncomfortable bloating.”
LINX® is intended for patients diagnosed with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) as defined by abnormal pH testing and who are seeking an alternative to continuous acid suppression therapy. GERD is a chronic, often progressive disease resulting from a weak Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES). The LINX® Reflux Management System augments the weak LES, restoring the body’s natural barrier to reflux.
The LINX® System is a small flexible band of interlinked titanium beads with magnetic cores. The magnetic attraction between the beads is intended to help the LES resist opening to gastric pressures, preventing reflux from the stomach into the esophagus. LINX® is designed so that swallowing forces temporarily break the magnetic bond, allowing food and liquid to pass normally into the stomach. Magnetic attraction of the device is designed to close the LES immediately after swallowing, restoring the body’s natural barrier to reflux. The LINX® System is placed around the esophagus just above the stomach using a surgical technique called laparoscopy.
Patients are placed under general anesthesia during the procedure. The LINX® System does not require any anatomic alteration of the stomach. Most patients are able to go home the day after the surgery and resume a normal diet.
To learn more about the LINX® Reflux Management System, visit www.linxforlife.com. For more information on the free presentation taking place on November 29, call 386.274.4373 (GERD).
Recognized by The Joint Commission as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures, Halifax Health serves Volusia and Flagler counties, providing a continuum of healthcare services through a network of organizations including a tertiary hospital, community hospital, freestanding emergency department, an urgent care, psychiatric services, a cancer treatment center with five outreach locations, the area’s largest hospice, a center for inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, primary care walk-in clinics, a walk-in clinic specializing in women’s health, a pediatric care community clinic, three children’s medical practices, a home healthcare agency, and an exclusive provider organization. Halifax Health offers the area’s only Level II Trauma Center, Comprehensive Stroke Center, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Pediatric Emergency Department, Child and Adolescent Behavioral Services, complete Neurosurgical Services, OB Emergency Department and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that cares for babies born earlier than 28 weeks. For more information, visit halifaxhealth.org.