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   Posted 4/17/2010 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   

Hello everyone my name is Alessandro I'm Italian and I also suffer from hiatus hernia

Hello everybody (sorry for my English I used google translator)
I wanted to know if you know of a new surgical technique called "magnetic collar"

There a video on You Tube where you see a 3D movie of this new technique:


I ask this because in Italy there a Doctor Dr. Bonavina precisely who is experimenting

with this new technique on several patients with excellent long-term

 <Edit>  Long http removed - stretched screen.  Sorry.


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   Posted 4/17/2010 12:38 PM (GMT -6)   
It's called the LinX system here. It's just beginning to be experiemented on here.

Look for post from "two dogs" and "lowdown". They have been going through the trials for it.


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   Posted 4/17/2010 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Ciao Alessandro,

The Torax Linx is still in clinical trials in the United States. It has recently received the CE Mark in Europe, so should be commercially available there soon. I believe they are going to try for FDA approval in the United States near the end of this year. Many of us are watching Europe to see if the device will be successful there.

So far the Linx appears to work as well as the Nissen Fundoplication procedure, but is a much less complex surgery and involves less cutting of the internal tissues. The Linx appears to be more easily reversible than Fundoplication, so if the Linx fails there is still the option to do fundoplication. The biggest question with the Linx is what are the long term results. Since it is a foreign object in the body, it could cause the formation of a lot of scar tissue around it over time. Also sometimes it appears to fail by moving out of the correct position.

Everyone who has gotten it seems to say that they must eat more slowly and eat in smaller bites. Some people seem less able to burp after getting the Linx. But overall it looks like a very promising device. The clinical trials of the Linx required people to have a hiatal hernia less than 2 cm, and no prior reflux operations to be eligible. I don't know if the requirements have been relaxed in Europe now that it has the CE Mark.

Here are links to the discussion of the device on this forum:

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   Posted 4/21/2010 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks! It also can operate in Italy hernias by 2cm

And thanks for the link very interesting and valuable!

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   Posted 4/23/2010 8:16 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Alex,
I'm one of the few people in this forum that has the Linx device. I'm here to tell you that in MY case it has been the BEST thing that I have ever done. Overall my reflux has gone away. I had the device implanted in September last year and since then I'm off the medication I was taking (protonix) and haven't taken a single antacid of any kind. There have been a few issues, some burn when I eat and it only last for a few minutes and as I have reported before I have what feels like a lump in my throat. At my year anniversary (actually the end of July) I get to have the entire series of test again to see how it is working. My surgeon is award of the throat issue and will check it out when he scopes me. As with any experimental procedure we have to be cautious, I'm very happy with the results to date. I hope that this gets approved here in the States soon and provides welcome relief to all sufferers. Hang in there.
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