You have goals. We help you achieve them.

Freedom from Medication

Freedom from Heartburn

Freedom from Regurgitation

Less Bloating

Overall Improved Quality of Life

Are you concerned with a lifetime of medication, pharmacy visits and potential side effects? LINX is intended for patients diagnosed with reflux disease who continue to suffer symptoms despite taking medication. If this sounds like you, it may be time for LINX.

Stop reflux at its source.

Reflux (also called Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD) is caused by a weak muscle in your esophagus called the Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES) that allows acid and bile to flow back from the stomach into the esophagus, causing damage to the lining of the esophagus, throat and lungs.

LINX is easy to understand and love because it is simple. LINX is a small, flexible ring of magnets that opens to allow food and liquid down, then closes to prevent stomach contents from moving up. Simple as that.

About Us!

We provide comprehensive and compassionate treatment to patients suffering from reflux disease and heartburn. Reflux disease is a chronic and progressive condition with serious long-term consequences. We know that each patient is unique and one pill does not fit all.

With the latest training and equipment, our specialists are also able to diagnose esophageal cancer which can develop from recurrent GERD and treat the cancer in early stages. Our mission at the Heartburn Center of Downstate Illinois to educate, treat, and prevent.

The LINX® Advantage

Minimally Invasive

Short outpatient procedure

No alteration to the stomach

Resume normal activity in days

No special diet

Generally expected user experience*

FAQs

LINX® is implanted using a surgical technique called laparoscopy. This technique uses small incisions in the abdominal wall to access the area around the esophagus where the device will be placed.
Patients are encouraged to return to a normal diet as quickly as tolerated. This helps the body adapt to LINX®.
Patients are generally able to return to non-strenuous activity within a couple of days.
Patients who have received LINX® have reported the ability to belch and vomit.
LINX® is designed to be a lifelong implant. The cases and wires are constructed of titanium, which has a long history of use in permanent medical implants. LINX® uses permanent magnets that are designed not to wear out.
LINX® should not affect airport security. All patients will be provided with an implant card to have available in the event an issue arises.
A small number of patients have reported sensations in the area of LINX®. It is not known if this is the device or the result of surgery in the area. These sensations have gone away over time.
There are two versions of the LINX device. One is safe in MRI scanning machines up to 0.7T, the other is safe to 1.5T. You should discuss the MRI scanning options with your doctor prior to deciding on treatment with LINX®.