LINX procedure for acid reflux

E TO BRING YOU THESE LIVE PICTURES ASTUTENESS OUR SKY FOR PILOT IS VERY CLEAR YOU KNOW THE FEELING, ACID STOMACH, HEARTBURN, INDIGESTION, IF YOU SUFFER THOSE SYMPTOMS YOU ARE NOT ALONE 35 TO 70 MILLION AMERICANS WHO SUFFER HEARTBURN, THERE ARE SIDE EFFECTS TO TAKING ANTACIDS

THE LINKS PROCEDURE AS A SOLUTION TO HELPING PERMANENTLY RESOLVE THIS ISSUE, JOINING US THIS MORNING DOCTOR MICHAEL BATISTA WHICH MEMORIAL HOSPITAL 30 MILLION 70 MILLION PEOPLE SUFFER FROM THIS, THEY MIGHT RUN NOT REALIZE HAD BAD THIS IS IF YOU FIND YOURSELF TAKING AN ANTACID EVERY NIGHT THIS COULD BE A SIGN OF ACID REFLUX? >> CORRECT WE HAVE THE USUAL HEARTBURN PEOPLE COMPLAINED BUT WE HAVE OTHER SYMPTOMS SUCH AS ASTHMA HOARSENESS, CONSTANT UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH REFLUX >> LOOKED INTERESTING AS YOU PHONE THE PATIENT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE HERE STUCK IN THAT TERRIBLE TRAFFIC ALONG 295 SHE WAS SUFFERING AND HAS BEEN SUFFERING FROM THIS SENSUOUS 10 YEARS OLD, THERE'S SIDE EFFECTS FROM CONSTANTLY TAKING AN ANTACID >> MEDICATIONS, NORMALLY PATIENTS GO OVER THE COUNTER, THEN THEY SEE THE PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIAN WHO PRESCRIBES SOMETHING BETTER

THEN THEY GO A FEW YEARS MORE AND END UP WITH A GASTROENTEROLOGISTTHEY HAVE TWO THINGS IN COMMON THEY PROVIDE SOME RELIEF FOR THE ACID, BUT THEY DO NOT THE REFLUX, THERE'S ANTI-ACID NOT ANTI-REFLUX KIDNEY PROBLEMS, THE LIST GOES ON >> IT'S INTERESTING BECAUSE IT CAN ACTUALLY CHANGE THE LINING OF THESOPHAGUS I WAS READING THAT THERE COULD BE AN INCREASE OF ESOPHAGEAL CANCER BY LIKE 600 PERCENT IF YOU'RE CONSTANTLY TAKING THIS KIND OF MEDICATION

>> CORRECT SINCE THE 1970S CANCER INCREASE 600 PERCENT NOW WE MASS WE MAKE THE PATIENT FEEL NOT MUCH OF THE ACID

WHAT'S WORSE FOR THE LINING OF THE ESOPHAGUS IS WEAK ACID REFLUX WHEREBY OURSELVES, WE ENCOURAGE PATIENTS TO SEEK WHAT ELSE CAN BDONE CAN'T GO ON TAKING MEDICATION, IT'S NOT DESIGNED TO BE TAKEN DAILY AND CHRONICALLY >> THAT'S THE KEY THERE'S A PROCEDURE CALLED THE LINKS PROCEDURE IT'S JUST THIS SMALL TITANIUM RING

>> YES IT'S A VERY NICE RING, IT'S A METAL TITANIUM INSIDE ITS MAGNETS THE MAGNETS ATTRACT ITSELF SO WHEN THE ACID REFLUX TRIES TO GO IT GENERATES ABOUT 15 MILLIGRAMS OF PRESSION MORE THAN THACID TO KEEP THE ACID WHERE YOU NEED WHICH IS IN THE STOMACH WHEN YOU SWALLOW SOMETHING, THE SWALLOW FORCE IS GREATER THAN THE MAGNETS AND IT WILL OPEN AND CLOSE

IT'S REALLY INGENIOUS THEY ARE DIFFERENT SIZE, CUSTOMIZE FOR THE SIZE OF THE ESOPHAGUS AND HOLDS THE ACID WHERE WE NEED >> WE ACTUALLY HAVE SOME VIDEO OF THE SURGICAL PROCEDURE AND WHERE THIS GOES, DOES IT TAKE A LONG TIME IN TERMS OF THE SURGERY, AS IT AN OUTPATIENT PROCEDURE AND HOW LONG IS RECOVERY? >> WDO SPIRALS COPTIC, PATIENTS CAN GO HOME THE SAME DAY THEY NEED PHYSICALTHERAPY, AND THE PHYSICAL THERAPY IS EATING

YOU JUST HAVE TEAT PATIENTS HAVE RELIEF OF THE ACID IMMEDIATELY >> WHEN DO YOU EVER HAVE A SURGICAL PROCEDURE AND THEY TELL YOU TO EAT IT SO INTERESTING WHAT KIND OF FEEDBACK TO GET FROM PATIENTS ABOUT THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE AFTER THIS PROCEDURE? >> IF YOU IMAGINE SOMEONE WHO HAS TRIED EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN FOR REFLUX AND NOW THEY NO LONGER HAVE TO TAKE ANYTHING COME OF THE MEDICATION, LET ME JUST GIVE YOU STRAIGHT, IT'S NOT 100% IT'S 80 TO 90% SUCCESSFUL

WHERE PATIENTS STOPPED TAKING ALL ANTIACID MEDICATION SEVERAL PATIENTS CAN SLEEP, WE CAN MINIMIZE THE EXPOSURE OF

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