New Procedure Offers Alleviation for Acid Reflux Disease Sufferers

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October 30, 2019
ALMA, Mich. – A free informational session will be held on Thursday, Nov. 21, for those interested in learning about a new minimally-invasive procedure that is helping those who suffer from acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The event will take place at 6 p.m., in the Wilcox Auditorium of MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot.
Acid reflux or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic, often progressive condition that affects one in five adults in the U.S. While many men and women manage their symptoms with medications and lifestyle changes, approximately 40 percent of suffers are still not finding the relief they need. The new LINX® Reflux Management System is designed to alleviate symptoms and strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter.
The system includes a flexible quarter-sized implantable device which consists of a series of magnetic titanium beads used to strengthen the lower esophageal sphincter. These magnetic beads open to allow food and liquids to easily pass through when swallowing, then close to prevent stomach contents from moving up and stopping the reflux.
General Surgeon Jeffrey Smith, M.D., currently performs this procedure at MidMichigan Medical Center – Gratiot. He is hosting this seminar and is one of only nine surgeons in Michigan to perform this procedure.
The LINX System does not require any major changes to the anatomy. The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes to perform under local anesthesia and patients go home the same or next day. The LINX system begins working immediately it restores the reflux barrier, reduces or eliminates dependence on medication, reduces gas and bloating, does not limit future treatment options, and is removable, and compatible with MRI.

Those interested in registering for the Nov. 21 program may visit or call MidMichigan Health Line at toll-free at (800) 999-3199. Those interested in more information about Dr. Smith may visit
LINX® is a registered trademark of Johnson & Johnson.
The MidMichigan Health Foundation supports the patients and families served by MidMichigan Health by raising funds for equipment, services and programs. MidMichigan Health is a non-profit health system headquartered in Midland, Michigan, affiliated with Michigan Medicine, the health care division of the University of Michigan. MidMichigan Health covers a 23-county region with medical centers in Midland, Alpena, Alma, Clare, Gladwin, Mt. Pleasant and West Branch. In addition to its Medical Centers, MidMichigan Health also offers both home health care and physician services, and has a strong commitment to medical education. MidMichigan Physicians Group provides urgent care and medical offices in more than 30 specialties and subspecialties including cardiology, hematology/oncology, orthopedics, vascular surgery, family medicine and more. Currently, MidMichigan has more than 8,300 employees, volunteers, physicians and other personnel, and provided more than $90 million* in community benefits in fiscal year 2019.
*FY19 number unaudited.

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