Take Control of Your Reflux
Tri-County Health Care of Wadena and David Kloss, M.D., FACS, are pleased to offer patients a permanent solution to chronic acid reflux. One of only nine hospitals in the state of Minnesota certified in the LINX Reflux Management procedure, Tri-County is thrilled to offer this potentially life-changing procedure for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) sufferers.
The LINX anti-reflux surgery has been used successfully in the United States for 10 years, and the results of this new surgery are very good.
- 85% of patients were free from dependence on daily reflux medication after treatment with LINX
- 88% of patients reported heartburn was eliminated after treatment with LINX
- 99% of patients eliminated regurgitation after treatment with LINX
Ganz, RA. Long-Term Outcomes of Patients Receiving a Magnetic Sphincter Augmentation Device for Gastroesophageal Reflux. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. May 2016.
This is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure, which means a small incision, less scarring, minimal pain, and patients can typically be back to work and life with 2-3 days. Dr. Kloss is a board-certified general surgeon specially trained to perform this surgery. Ask your doctor if LINX is right for you, or to schedule an appointment for a consultation on the LINX procedure, call 218-631-7581.
David Kloss, MD, FACS
Contact us today to set up an appointment with your doctor to see if LINX is right for you!
Acid Reflux Symptoms
More than 30 million Americans suffer from acid reflux each month, and the risk for developing GERD increases after age 40. The symptoms of GERD include such things as heartburn, regurgitation, sore throat, cough, and chest pain. When left untreated, reflux disease can lead to serious complications, such as esophagitis, stricture, Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal cancer.
How LINX Works
Using a small, flexible band of titanium magnets, Dr. Kloss implants the band around the patient’s esophagus just above the stomach. The magnetic attraction between the beads strengthens the weakened esophageal sphincter’s barrier function. The magnetic band is loose enough to allow food and liquids to pass normally to the stomach but immediately closes after swallowing to restore the magnetic barrier to reflux. Following the procedure, patients are able to resume a normal diet and will typically resume normal activities in less than a week. The surgery is typically done as an outpatient procedure.