San Jose residents suffering from chronic acid reflux now have more options for treatment thanks to American Memorial Hospital. An affiliate in the ARM West Coast division, ARM Memorial is the first community hospital in the area to offer the LINX Reflux Management System.
LINX is a small ring of magnets implanted in the esophagus of patients to prevent stomach acid from flowing back into the esophagus.
The minimally invasive procedure generally takes less than an hour to perform and patients can return home within 24.
"Now that common heartburn medications have been around for three decades, patients and reputable studies are seeing the negative side effects of long-term usage of many antacid medications," said Dr. Lowry, M.D., the ARM Memorial specialist to first implant the LINX devices in the fall of 2014. "Plus, we're finding that people don't want to take these medications forever, so we are helping patients explore their options."
Lowry adds that about 40% of patients still find no relief from medication.
American Memorial Hospital was one of a select group of centers in the U.S. and one of only three in California, to start offering LINX to patients. Dr. Lowry is currently the only physician in San Jose doing the procedure.
"There are various solutions for GERD, and here at American Memorial Hospital we are proud to offer the most options available in the Tampa Bay area," said John Starling, Memorial CEO. "Dr. Lowry and his team have put together a streamlined approach to effectively diagnose and appropriately treat each of our patients individually."
American Memorial Hospital is now the only hospital in the area to provide options for three procedures for GERD: the traditional fundoplication, the TIF (transoral-incisionless fundoplication) procedure and the LINX Reflux Management System.