Thinking of having the Linx procedure

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im contemplating having the Linx surgery. I'm suffering with my reflux and I don't want to take meds forever as I know they can cause problems and osteoporosis runs in my family.

i don't want the Nissan fundiplication as there are many possible side effects, it doesn't always work and it's not reversible.

i have private health insurance and my gastro consultant specialises in this procedure having done more Linx surgeries than any other dr in the U.K. So I feel I'm in safe hands with him.

was wondering if anyone else hasn't had this done as an know it's relatively new?

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    Sharon, I had this procedure done about 19 months ago and I can tell you it was the SMARTEST thing I have ever done.  You will no longer need PPI meds and you will have your life back.  There has been a time or two where I needed to take a Tums but wow I have never felt better and have not taken anymore PPI meds.  I live in the states and I know its still a new procedure.  My mother was hoping to have it done as well and did not qualify to have it done.  She had the Nissan procedure done and it takes a little longer to get use to it.  I will say the worst part of the surgery is when they fill you with air to do the procedure.  The soreness from that lasts a few days but the Linx works right away from they time they install it.  The recover time on it is very easy.  I took 2 days off work.  One day to have the surgery and the next to recover but to be totally honest with you I could've easily went to work the next day.  I would do it again in a heartbeat.  It will be the best decision you will make and your body will thank you as well since you won't be taking anymore meds.

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      Thank you I have heard a lot of good reviews about it. I'm worried about having trouble swallowing though as I read that can be a side effect. I don't have that problem with my reflux, and I get very panicky if I feel I am choking. I did like having the endoscopy done.

      if I do go for it I will have a general anaesthetic and an overnight stay.

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      Swallowing can be a little tricky at first but i was told eat small bites and eat alot through out the day to exercise the device. It doesnt feel like choking but if you eat big bites and dont chew very eell it can hurt going down. I didnt that one time and couldnt get food to go down so i made myself throw up. That has only ever happened one time though.
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      Hi Jason I am Ann not sure what the Link surgery is about,could you please explain it to me. I suffer a lot from acis reflux,on meds for about four months now already had the camera down my noose. I am suffering.
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    The linx procedure is good, but I do not like the idea you can't have an MRI plus it doesn't go well with other procedures.  In my case my GI offer me the Linx because he does not do the other procedures, but I prefer the Stretta because my main problem is liquid coming up my esophagus  (not much acid) so making the LES stronger is all I need without taking unnecessary risk. Plus, I can hae the Stretta and if no improvement shows I can still have the Linx without having to do anything about the Stretta.  Stretta takes like 6 months to work and Linx works right away but I do not have any direct symptom so waiting 6 months is not to hard for me. Good luck, just make sure not to get any MRI. ;-)  Btw, I'm having an MRI Monday, and I do not want any more CT's so again this would have been a big problem with the Linx.

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      You can still have an MRI done however they have to do a lower dosage just because it is metal. You can receive up to 1.5 Tesla, whatever that might be. You receive an implant card explaining how strong of an MRI you can get amd the card explains to TSA officers at airprts that you have a metal device and could set off the metal detector. I have yet to set one off but there is always that chance.
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      Yes I read that about the MRI scanner I don't know what 1.5 tesla is but apparently most MRI machines can accommodate that.

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    What is the Linx procedure please? I also want to come off meds but my main problem is the sore throat and swallowing problem with the acid now sad
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      A small set of beads is inserted around the oesophogus which opens when you swallow but closes after to stop anything from coming back up. Lots of information on google about it.

      i get very tired with it and have to belch loads, it's very tiring I have sore throat and get cough aft eating. Effects my sinus too and I get terrible upper back pain between my shoulders. It's not a nice condition at all.

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      Ah ok thanks I will take a look. I totally agree with you that this condition is awful and even all my lifestyle changes haven't stopped the sore throat and feeling of being bunged up a lot. I get back pain too sad My diet is so restricted now that eating is just because I have to and I used to love my food. Your said your doctor was an expert in fitting the Linx, can you tell me what area of the country you are? x

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    Hi

    I had fundiplication June 2016, like you I was fed up with taking meds and worried about the side effect from them, also the possibility of acid causing barrets, I was on maximum nexium, ranitadine and copious amount of gaviscon. Recovery took about a year I think, so far the side effects from the op mount up to lots of wind top and bottom which I'm not bothered about, also I have a little discomfort from what I think is scar tissue from my tiny laprascopic scars.

    I lost about a stone and a half in all which is fine, I think I've started putting it back now slowly as I can eat and drink in moderation what I like. I still try limiting my coffee and bread intake as it tends to be bloating.

    Good luck with your desision.

    Regards

    Margaret

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    Whatever you do, do not have nissen. It will ruin your life. The best option is Dr. Gharagozloo in Florida. I am headed there to have my nissen takedown and get a valvulplasty.
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