Henrico Doctors' Hospital
February 21, 2017

Richmond, Va. (Feb. 21, 2017) — HCA Virginia’s Henrico Doctors’ Hospital recently performed its first Linx surgery, a minimally-invasive procedure that brings permanent relief to patients with acid reflux.

Performed by Dr. Clifford Smith, Richmond Surgical at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, the case is the first in Central Virginia,

“For the first time, patients in Central Virginia now have access to relief from their reflux disease through this minimally-invasive procedure which is performed laparoscopically,” said Smith. “While medications remain a popular choice for patients suffering with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), the symptoms and side-effects can be painful. The Linx device offers a new and innovative alternative to traditional surgery and has excellent results.”

The Linx device is designed to treat patients with severe heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease and augments the lower esophageal sphincter, preventing the stomach acid from escaping.

The procedure involves the laparoscopic implantation of the ‘Linx’ device that is made up of magnetized titanium beads connected by titanium wires, which are placed around the lower esophagus just above the stomach. The magnetic beads constrict to prevent acid from escaping out of the stomach while allowing the patient to eat and swallow normally.

The procedure is done laparoscopically using a camera and tools that are placed through five small incisions, which minimize the recovery time and risks to the patient. The procedure lasts between 30-45 minutes and patients can resume a normal diet that night, according to Smith.

“This new advancement revolutionizes the surgical treatment of reflux disease, said Smith. “We are glad we can provide this minimally invasive option to our patients and I believe we will improve the overall quality of life for our patients suffering from GERD. They will live more comfortably and heartburn free.”