Links procedure for acid reflux

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Has anyone had this procedure as a less invasive procedure than Nissen fundoplication for repair of hiatus hernia . Has anyone had it on the N HS . Does it work -I understand that Dolly Parton has had it done in the States!

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    Hi jan.  Yes the procedure is called LINX

    it's not very invasive I had it done on the nhs on June 17 and also had a HH repaired at the same time. I would never have the Nissen 

    I'm like a new man. Is happily answer any questions on it 

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      Which area does this procedure on the NHS -I don't think it's available on Merseyside . I am currently on 60mg Lanzoprazole per day to 'settle down ' my acid reflux ' but I also have Barretts oesophagus so don't know if this complicates things.are you now off ppi's altogether? 
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      Hi jan. I'm originally from liverpool but now live in devon. I was on the same meds as you but since I had LINX im off all meds and for the first time in 30 years I am reflux free and 100% "cured" ...... The problem is no surgeon will carry out LINX if you have barretts, the only option for you at the moment is nissen, a procedure I was offered but after much research I declined due to the implications
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    It's not for a HH repair its for reflux and gerd related disease. The hh is repaired as. Secondary. 
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    Hi Jan54,

    Results are "mixed"....perhaps more good than not so good...whats of value is if it doesn't work...it's possible it can be removed.

    There are a few key components that dr's must address before a patient can qualify for LINX..  and long term use is yet "unknown"..it was studied for 4 years before the US FDA approved it in 2012.....

    Here in the US, you much have a big pocketbook or a severe proven  untreatable GERD befor ins approval.......hope this helps...Claudio

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    Hi Jan

    I had NF 3 months ago (and HH fixed) and I am fine. Can eat OK etc. I wasn't eligible for Linx (perhaps it depends what NHS trust you are in) as it is a lot more expensive.

    You must get an experienced surgeon though (which mine is).

    I must admit I am getting a little fed up with some of the negative comments about NF especially if they have not had it done so are not in a position to comment from personal experience.

    I am happy that the Linx has worked for those who have had it - but please stop giving negative comments about alternatives. Everyone has to make their own mind up. I am just saying that NF is not as bad as is being made out. My Gastro surgeon left me to make my own mind up.

    As Donclaudio says - there is no long term information on Linx whereas NF has been done for over 50 years.

    NF can actually be reversed (although it is complicated and not usually done)

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      I'm pleased your happy with the nf but having researched it intensely the negative reports far outweigh the positive ones and believe me I have spoken to at least 20. Ot Is NOT reversible though they will attempt to do a reversal only if life threatening 

      This is only my opinion but it's one I spent a year researching 

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