LINX® reflux surgery

Surgery for acid reflux

A recent procedure that has been performed over 4,000 times worldwide with encouraging results to stop acid reflux symptoms

What is LINX surgery?

LINX® is a type of keyhole surgery that involves putting a small, flexible band of interlinked titanium beads with magnetic cores around your food pipe (oesophagus) just above the stomach.

This is to mimic the valve at the bottom of your food pipe that creates a barrier to the reflux of acid or bile.

Need to know

  • What happens during surgery? icon plus

    The procedure is performed laparoscopically, meaning as keyhole surgery. Once your consultant has put the LINX system in place swallowing forces temporarily break the magnetic bond to allow food and drink to pass normally through your lower oesophageal sphincter (LOS). The magnets then close the LOS immediately after swallowing to restore your body’s natural barrier to the reflux of acid and bile. 
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Your consultant will let you know how best to prepare for this procedure.
  • After your surgery icon plus

    You will be given painkillers to alleviate any pain you are experiencing after the procedure. LINX reflux surgery is less invasive than fundoplication (another surgical procedure to treat reflux). You should be able to return home on the same day as surgery.

    The LINX system starts to work as soon as it is in place. You should be able to resume a normal diet within a few hours and can usually return to normal activities in less than a week.

    Mild dysphagia (discomfort when swallowing) occurs in less than 50 per cent of patients after the procedure. This is generally resolved within three months without treatment.

Our GI consultants

We're proud to work with leading gastrointestinal consultants who are experts in diagnosing and managing the activity if different areas of the gastric system, and whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion.

Our locations

From complex stomach surgery to diagnostic tests and procedures, we provide exceptional gastrointestinal care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Contact us about our GI services

We're happy to help you make an appointment with one of our experienced GI consultants.

Call us on:

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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