DSH Offers State-of-the art Treatment LINX for GERD Sufferers

It’s normal to occasionally experience indigestion or require an antacid following a large meal. But, if you’re experiencing the following symptoms twice or more each week, you may be suffering from a condition called GERD.

GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease) occurs when stom-ach contents move into the esophagus causing a burning sensation commonly referred to as heartburn, pain in the upper abdomen, bloating, nausea or an acidic taste in the mouth. Prolonged exposure of the esophagus to stomach contents can result in damage to the lining of the esophagus and can result in difficulty and pain when swallowing or permanent damage to the esophagus.

Common Symptoms of GERD include:

  • Heartburn
  • Acid regurgitation
  • Belching
  • Difficulty or pain when swallowing
  • Sudden excess of saliva
  • Dysphagia, the sensation of food sticking in the esophagus
  • Chronic sore throat
  • Laryngitis
  • Inflammation of the gums
  • Erosion of the enamel of the teeth
  • Chronic irritation in the throat
  • Hoarseness in the morning
  • A sour taste
  • Bad breath
  • Coughing at night

In many cases, the symptoms of GERD can be effectively treated with over-the-counter medications like an antacids and lifestyle changes. However, if relief is not received from these medications your provider may recommend you be evaluated by our board-certified general surgeon Dr. Josh Pogorelec, who specializes in GERD treatments at Divine Savior.

Following endoscopy, a procedure used to visualize the esophagus, stomach and intestine to evaluate damage, a highly effective, minimally invasive surgical procedure called Nissen fundoplication may be recommend for those suffering from severe GERD or damage to the esophagus.

Another new and highly effective procedure is also now available at Divine Savior. Dr. Pogorelec is trained in state-of-the-art surgical procedures called the LINX Reflux Management System. For those patients for whom this op-tion is an appropriate, LINX provides advanced, mini-mally invasive treatment quickly and effectively.

LINX is a revolutionary treatment that controls reflux issues long term, eliminating the need for continuous use of antacid medications. A simple device that is roughly the size of a quarter is implanted at the base of the esophagus to do what your failing reflux barrier is supposed to do — prevent stomach acid from entering your esophagus. This tiny, life-changing device starts working almost immediately and leads to relief from day one.

Benefits of LINX

  • LINX® preserves normal physiological function so you can belch or vomit as needed. The titanium beads open and close to let food down, and if it needs to come up, it can.
  • Eighty five percent of patients are free from reflux med-ications after treatment, providing uninterrupted relief, and eliminating medication side effects and trips to the pharmacy
  • Nearly 90 percent of patients reported elimination of heartburn
  • Ninety nine percent of patients eliminated regurgitation after treatment
  • LINX patients report decreased bloating, gassiness, and discomfort, and improved quality of life.

If you have chronic, painful reflux or have already been diagnosed with GERD, and think you may be a candidate for treatment, take your first step toward winning the battle against reflux and call 608-745-5186 for a consultation with Dr. Pogorelec today or visit www.dshealthcare.com/gerd.


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