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Date Joined Apr 2013
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   Posted 5/2/2013 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
New to HealingWell. Diagnosis silent GERD w LPR. LINX takes care of the problem vs meds treating the symptoms (sometimes). Have Degenerative Disk Disease of the neck and need periodic MRIs. So, now I weigh the LINX benefit to no longer being an MRI candidate. Does anyone know of a replacement for the MRI since the MRI demagnetizes the titanium LINX magnets? As far as I know this problem has not been overcome. Thank you.

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Date Joined Feb 2009
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   Posted 5/2/2013 3:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Chuy,
The only alternative I've heard of is the CT scan.  The inability to have an MRI is a definite problem with the LINX.  Have you considered the Nissen fundoplication?  Since you have a preexisting condition and KNOW you need periodic MRIs, it seems that it would be the best option.  Don't believe the hype.  It's a proven (gold standard) fix for GERD, and most people are highly satisfied once they've completed the healing period.  I had it four+ years ago and am thrilled with the results.
BTW, from what I've read, the risk is more than just demagnetizing the LINX:
Q: Why can't I have an MRI with the procedure?    
An MRI uses very strong magnets to create images and the LINX® system is susceptible to magnetic force. You could suffer significant injury if the LINX® device were in place while you underwent an MRI.
From what I understand, they're trying MRIs at lower levels of power as they continue LINX research, although there is nothing at this point that would allow MRIs on LINX patients. There is a lot not yet known about the LINX procedure in the long-term.  It's still in fairly early stages of implementation.
Good luck making your decision!
Take care,
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Nissen Fundoplication 2/09

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Date Joined Mar 2013
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   Posted 5/4/2013 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
One surgeon told me that the jury might still be out regarding MRI's and LINX. He noted that in a majority of cases the LINX has not been demagnetized by the MRI, and the patient suffered no consequences. He was making the point to say that, in an emergency, one should take the risk and do the MRI. He also said they really need to do more research to figure out under what conditions MRI's do demagnetize the LINX.

Has anybody heard anything similar? That's the first I heard about this version of things.
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