In a recent clinical experiment it has been found that a new device, namely the LINX Reflux Management System, can help in curing chronic heartburn symptoms that are unable to deal with help of the traditional treatment used for the purpose.
The findings were published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The device was tested by 14 US and European medical centers including the Keck Medical Center of USC. In March last year, it was also approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.
The results raised a new ray of hope for the people suffering from acute reflux. Clinical investigation of the device was led by John Lipham, the associate Professor of surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, under his ongoing work to find alternative ways of treating gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) or chronic heartburn.
The device is manufactured by Minnesota-based Torax Medical Inc. resembles a bracelet made of magnetic, titanium beads which is implanted around the end of esophagus (also called gullet or food pipe), where the lower esophageal sphincter is present. The process takes not more than 15 to 20 minutes.
"The device is safe and highly effective. Just about everybody came off their medication and was symptomatically relieved", said Dr. Robert Ganz of the University of Minnesota.
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