I don't get why we can't create a mechanical sphincter. We have hearts that are mechanical now days, why can't sphincters be?
Or what about
LES replacements? Is it possibly to transfer sphincters from one person to another? Or what about
from like a pig to a human?
Another Idea that I had would be an inflatable device that rests in your lower esophagus. It could be external filled or internal. The external filled idea would just be like a little pump that you could use to inflate the balloon. Just pump the balloon up enough to block the esophagus when your having heartburn or at night while sleeping. You could also adjust how much of the esophagus you want blocked. lets say 50 % blockage gives you heartburn relief. Just having something in the way could prevent stomach contents from reaching higher up in the esophagus and causing pain in easily damaged areas like your throat.
For the internal idea. I was thinking of having the balloon programmable, so when you fall asleep or after the meal you could increase the amount of the esophagus you want to be blocked. Not sure how practical it could be, but if you don't prevent the entire esophagus from being block, I don't see why It couldn't help. Any mucus still would be able to get down. I think positioning would be the big issue seeing how your muscles in your esophagus are pushing everything down.
Post Edited (TheSixness) : 7/23/2013 7:23:25 PM (GMT-6)