Magnetic esophageal sphincter surgery: I'm looking for fellow lab rats......

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   Posted 7/29/2008 3:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,

I'm new to this forum but have been suffering from chronic GERD for about 5 years. I'm 25, and have recently enrolled for the research study where they place a magnetic ring of beads around your LES to stop reflux. The device isn't out on the market yet. Here's a link to a short animation of what it does:

Well, I had the surgery about ten days ago, and it was going alright, but now I'm having trouble swallowing, and am having some episodes of intense pain (bringing me to tears several times) after having swallowed (a well-chewed, small bite...).

The research study coordinator won't get back to me, and I'm very frustrated. The worst part is....I'm still having heartburn. It's getting to the point where it's too painful to eat. This can't be normal.....

Did anyone here have this procedure?? I feel very alone.
Thanks :)


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   Posted 7/29/2008 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   


Hello and welcome to HealingWell and the GERD Forum.

Ganz RA, Gostout CJ, Grudem J, Swanson W, Berg T, DeMeester TR.

Minnesota Gastroenterology, Plymouth, Minnesota 55446, USA.

BACKGROUND: The success of fundoplication surgery varies widely; furthermore, complications after fundoplication can be common. We introduced a new device to treat GERD: biomechanical augmentation of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) by use of a magnetic reinforcing appliance. OBJECTIVES: The aim was to determine whether a magnetic appliance could safely increase LES pressure, maintain a closed sphincter except during swallowing and belching, and increase the gastric yield pressure in a porcine model. DESIGN: Ex vivo work-assessed design variables that would augment the reflux barrier yet still preserve swallow function. Porcine acute and chronic (44 weeks) postimplant studies were also performed. A single animal underwent planned device removal. MAIN OUTCOME MEASUREMENTS: Gastric yield pressure, animal behavior, endoscopy, barium studies, balloon expansion studies, esophageal manometry, and histology. RESULTS: Gastric yield pressure correlated with increasing magnetic forces (R(2)=0.5608, P< .001). The sphincter augmentation device was safe in all animals, with no observed effect on eating behavior and normal weight gain. The mucosa of the esophagus appeared normal at all intervals, and there was no device migration or significant tissue inflammation. The average LES pressure rose after implantation (P< .005). Balloon and barium studies demonstrated a closed sphincter with normal opening of the gastroesophageal junction during swallowing. CONCLUSIONS: Magnetic sphincter augmentation is a novel approach for the treatment of GERD. This study demonstrates the safety and feasibility of such a device in a porcine model. Further investigation of this device for the treatment of GERD in humans seems warranted.Comment in: Gastrointest Endosc. 2008 Feb;67(2):295-6.

Looks like the company that is doing the research is here in MN.  Who did the procedure, can you call directly to tha clinic or hospital where the procedure was performed.
I am so sorry you are having pain and problems.  Please present to an ER if you cannot reach anyone else to help you.
Gentle Hugs to you.

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   Posted 10/21/2009 2:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Shooz here and as I was reading the past posts I found that you had the Torax Linx reflux surgery. I had mine on 9/4 and although I have had some problems (nothing that I couldn't handle) I consider it a tremendous success!!! I would be curious to know how you are now and how it has been going. You are the first that I have found to have this surgery and it will be good for me to know how it's going. Please let me know and thanks. Shooz

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   Posted 10/21/2009 7:24 PM (GMT -6)   
I've hadn't seen her on here in a year, shooz.

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   Posted 1/16/2011 9:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone had contact with MESgirl Emily
to find out what happend to her and her
failed?Linx proceedure.

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   Posted 1/16/2011 10:39 AM (GMT -6)   
She only posted once in July of 2008.  Sorry.
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