frequently asked questions
How do I know if I am a candidate for LINX? Three diagnostic tests are used to determine if patients may be candidates for LINX: Endoscopy, pH and Manometry.
How is LINX different from other procedures? LINX requires no alteration to the stomach, may improve gas and bloating, preserves the ability to belch and vomit and patients typically go home within 24 hours and resume a normal diet.
How long will LINX last? LINX is designed to be a lifelong implant.
Can LINX be removed if needed? Yes. LINX can be removed using a minimally invasive procedure that generally lasts less than an hour and does not limit future treatment options.
Are there side effects with LINX? The most common side effect is discomfort or difficulty swallowing, known as dysphagia. It is often temporary and a normal part of the healing process.
When can I start eating normally again? Patients are encouraged to return to a normal diet as soon as tolerated or as directed by their physician.
When can I return to normal physical activities? Patients are generally able to return to non-strenuous activity within a couple of days.
Can I have an MRI? Yes. LINX patients may undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) up to either 0.7- Tesla (0.7T) or 1.5-Tesla (1.5T) depending on the LINX model implanted. You should discuss the MRI scanning options with your physician prior to deciding on treatment with LINX. LINX patients can also undergo: CT scan, ultrasound, x-ray and PET scan.
Can I go through airport security? LINX should not affect airport security. All patients are provided an implant care to let people know they have an implant.
What does LINX cost? For patients with insurance, the out-of-pocket cost is based on your insurance plan, including deductibles and co-payments.
Does insurance cover LINX? Insurance companies and Medicare are approving patients for LINX on a case-by-case basis.
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