Lets talk about the Linx system and similar devices.

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   Posted 10/13/2011 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi all,
I thought since so many of us are interested in the linx we should start a chat on it and have people post information they've found.
This info is not on the linx but something similar. I thought it might be helpful. My doctor told me he used to implant a devise ( a band) around the les. They had problems keeping the band in place and also problems with it eroding through the esophagus. He says that now any time they see that band during surgery doctors are supposed to remove it. It's called the angelchik Antireflux prothesis. My doctor is worried the linx may have the same problems but he is not sure yet. The angel company isn't out of business though, they found that their band works on the stomach and helps with weight loss. Yep you guessed it; the lap band surgery.
Well, I'm interested to see how the linx works out and how they keep it from moving or eroding through the esophagus.

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   Posted 10/13/2011 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Good idea. Kinda like our road of life thread. I'll change the title and lets see how it goes.

I had never heard of that device for reflux before, thanks for the info.

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Chuck T
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   Posted 10/13/2011 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I have read about this device. I heard that the device itself eroded over time. Didnt know that it eroded peoples esophaguses (that does not sound fun). I also remember reading that it was very effective at keeping acid out.
In keeping with the theme of the thread, some people on here have mentioned a device that will work as a pacemaker on your LES. Dont know the name of it, but  I think this is a long ways off though.

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   Posted 10/13/2011 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   
i believe we are supposed to hear some news from ether torax and-or the fda regarding linx progress at stage 2? trials

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   Posted 10/15/2011 9:02 PM (GMT -6)   
My GI doctor is not so enthused about Linx .. he thinks if he was in my shoes, he'd choose the time-tested fundo over Linx. Yes, he did say that migrations and erosions are the two things he is most concerned about since the esophagus tissue is soft.

I'd started this thread a few months back on the various "new techs" -
this thread has the info on "endostim" that chuck-t alludes to here. I don't think endostim is anywhere close to prime time yet though:

Jasmine, looks like you still want to continue to look at other options .. even though - it seemed from your other recent posts that your stretta procedure is providing you some relief now. So, do you still want to consider these / other procedures?

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   Posted 10/17/2011 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes I am still Looking at other options because my stretta improvements are not consistent. I have good days and bad days. The stretta will be in full force at 8-12 months, so I'll decide then if I need to look into other options

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   Posted 10/17/2011 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Ppi-less thanks for the link that was an interesting forum. Your research skills are a blessing to this site

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   Posted 10/17/2011 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Jasmine .. as we discuss and share our findings here .. we all are adding invaluable information not only for all of us searching for answers now .. but also for all the folks in the future who will come looking for answers here ..

If the PPIs (or other meds) had solved my problems, I probably wouldn't have done all this research .. :) .. so there is a silver lining to every cloud!

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   Posted 10/17/2011 5:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Great idea to start a thread to discuss these devices as I know we have many members inquire about the devices.  Thanks for getting this thread rolling.
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