US Citizens can get the LINX procedure

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LocalGuy23
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   Posted 12/5/2011 3:14 PM (GMT -6)   
is this possible? One reader seemed that have had it done. If this is possible, I'm for it. Please shed some insight. Thanks.

aciphexo
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   Posted 12/5/2011 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Maximus,

You'll have to call the individual centers in Europe and ask them. I'd talked to the one in UK (healtherweights) in the spring of this year and they'd told me that they can not offer it to me while I am a resident of the US.

May be they've changed their policies now and offer under medical tourism or something .. but I know that they'd told me then (I have email from them) - that it'll be against the spirit of the FDA approval process to do so.

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 12/5/2011 4:05 PM (GMT -6)   
how did edopter get the procedure done if he was a resident of the US?

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   Posted 12/5/2011 4:07 PM (GMT -6)   
 
You read the post from the member that had surgery in Italy.  This person would be a good resource when looking into have surgery abroad.  I would ask this person if they could give you info in their thread on how to procede.
 
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LocalGuy23
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   Posted 12/5/2011 4:27 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Skitt, I've been trying to contact him with no luck.......I wonder if it is even possible to do so.

My surgeon wants to meet with me this thursday but if i can get the linx abroad. I would prefer to do so.

LocalGuy23
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   Posted 12/5/2011 4:54 PM (GMT -6)   
PPI-LESS,

Do you know what the contact info for Torax in Italy is?

I can't get in touch with edopter.......

Thanks.

stkitt
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   Posted 12/5/2011 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Here is the link the OP posted yesterday.  You will have to do some research on this.  Good luck.
 
http://www.toraxmedical.com/linx/implantingCenters.php
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LocalGuy23
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   Posted 12/5/2011 8:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Skitt,

I contacted the personal from Italy to verify if they were accepting US residents for the procedure via email.

What are your thoughts on this......

My symptoms are mainly LPR, sore throat, mouth, and my surgeon assured me that he could fix that with Nissen. He actually told me most success stories aren't reported on the web and he's the most experienced surgeon in my state. The surgery will basically be free also. I'm not in excruciating pains but I'm tired of living like this and want the discomfort to stop if you know what I mean. He aslo said he's proud that all of his patients are able to burp after the procedure is done. I had a friend who had bad asthma which got extremely better through his Nissen.

I just thought LINX seemed so safe compared to nissen.....

Any thoughts.

speden
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   Posted 12/6/2011 10:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Maximus,

There's an FDA meeting on January 11 regarding the Linx. That meeting may shed some light as to how soon we might see FDA approval in the U.S.

Also they are supposed to publish background material two days prior to the meeting, so perhaps we will see the results from the U.S. clinical trial regarding the Linx to show what the success rate and frequency of side effects has been so far.

Here's a link to the meeting notice:

www.fda.gov/AdvisoryCommittees/Calendar/ucm280285.htm
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