Hopedale Medical Complex is now offering its patients Linx® outpatient surgery, a minimally-invasive procedure that brings permanent relief to many patients who suffer from acid reflux. HMC staff surgeon Matthew B. Rossi MD, FACS, is believed to be the first physician to perform the procedure at a Critical Access Hospital in Illinois. “ I have been studying and treating GERD for over 30 years, and I have been following the Linx® technology for nearly 10 years now. With over 10,000 implants worldwide, I feel this device is extremely safe and effective, a real game changer in our approach to acid reflux and regurgitation. I believe in properly selected patients, that the Linx® device has become the preferred method of treating severe GERD” said Dr. Rossi. “The greatest advantage of the Linx® device is that it replicates the normal sphincter muscle function of the lower esophagus. Unlike the traditional operations for GERD, the Linx® will not be disrupted by an unexpected severe vomiting episode. I believe this will translate into fewer repeat operations on patients with severe GERD,” Dr. Rossi explained.
The Linx® device is designed to treat patients with severe heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease and augments the lower esophageal sphincter, preventing the stomach acid from escaping. The device consists of a string of magnetic beads which are placed like a bracelet around the lower esophagus to prevent back wash of acid and stomach contents. (See picture above.) The implantation is an outpatient procedure using laparoscopic surgical techniques and tiny incisions. Patients can generally resume a regular diet within 24 hours!
“The Linx® is a great option for patients with severe GERD who are unable to live without strong anti-acid or “PPI” medicines. There is more and more evidence that lifelong treatment of GERD with PPI’s does indeed carry risks and many patients want off the medicine permanently, so the Linx® is a superb choice for those with regurgitation or “waterbrash” symptoms,” states Dr. Rossi. “We are glad we can provide this minimally invasive option to our patients and I believe we will improve the overall quality of life for our patients suffering from GERD. They will live more comfortably and heartburn free.”
Interested individuals with bothersome GERD should ask their primary care doctor or gastroenterologist about the Linx® device, visit Linx® for Life at www.linxforlife.com or you may call HMC’s GERD hotline at (309) 449-GERD. Information can also be found on HMC’s website: hopedalemc.com. We will let you know if Linx® is right for you and answer any insurance questions as well.
Hopedale Medical Complex is committed to promoting outstanding healthcare, healthy lifestyles, health education, and wellness. Visit HopedaleMC.com to learn more about the services offered at Hopedale Medical Complex, which is just 10 miles south of Morton, off Interstate 155 (Exit 19.)
Hopedale Medical Complex Hosting Free Thanksgiving Meal
Hopedale, IL – Hopedale Medical Complex is hosting a free Thanksgiving Meal from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the HMC Café to anyone who would like to enjoy some fellowship with friends and a warm meal on Thanksgiving Day. Serving up traditional fare of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, dinner rolls and pumpkin dessert, this meal does not disappoint.
HMC will also do home delivery to shut-ins and the handicapped in the HMC service area. For more information on the meal, please call Mindy Peterson-Lindsey at 309.449.4290.