Magnets Might Hold Key to Fighting Acid Reflux for Some

Acid reflux is a painful condition that can leave the body damaged if it’s left unchecked over time. The discomfort and pain associated with this problem, however, can often be tackled using a new surgical procedure that’s a bit less invasive than other options to keep stomach acid where it belongs.

The procedure involves the placement of magnetic beads around the esophagus. Known as the Linx system, the beads work by creating a one-way path. Food can still pass down the esophagus with ease, but dangerous stomach acid is kept where it belongs. The magnetic beads prevent the esophagus from opening in reverse, essentially forcing acid to stay out of the passage.

Performed laparoscopically, the Linx procedure has produced tremendous results for many people. Those who once found themselves unable to eat anything but bland foods are finding almost anything is now back on the menu.

Acid reflux is typically treated with medications, but these don’t work for everyone. Furthermore, chronic reflux medications may also come with their share of side effects. While other surgical options exist, the Linx system is a bit less invasive and has proven quite successful in treating the condition effectively and permanently in many people.

Treating acid reflux by any effective means is considered vital for a number of reasons. A continuous exposure to stomach acid may leave the esophagus scarred and create other medical concerns. In addition, some patients develop pre-cancerous growths courtesy of reflux, making treatment critical.

If acid reflux is a concern, it’s important to speak with a healthcare provider. Occasional heartburn generally isn’t a cause to panic, but repeat episodes that are severe should be investigated by a medical professional. There simply is no reason to live with the pain of repeat reflux when options exist to treat it effectively.

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