If you suffer from chronic heartburn, more-effective, permanent relief is available right here at Glacial Ridge Health System.
Dr. Elizabeth Colsen is a full-time surgeon at Glacial Ridge. She specializes in gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)—also called acid reflux. GERD surgery is often performed laparoscopically, using small incisions, so a patient will have less scarring and a faster recovery.
Dr. Colsen performs the LINX® surgical procedure for GERD to relieve moderate to severe heartburn. LINX surgery is a minimally invasive procedure with maximum results.
The goal of GERD surgery is to recreate the valve at the bottom of the esophagus so stomach acid no longer gets into the esophagus. In addition to heartburn, other symptoms of GERD may include chest pain, difficulty swallowing, regurgitation of food, or the sensation of a lump in the throat.
The LINX procedure recreates a more-functional esophageal sphincter with a two-way effect. The LINX device itself is a small ring of magnetic, titanium beads (the entire ring is about the size of a quarter in diameter). The device is placed around the weak, existing sphincter valve that is allowing stomach acid to flow the wrong way into the esophagus. The ring is designed to expand and retract when a patient swallows.
“The sphincter is the valve that normally keeps stomach acid, and other symptoms related to heartburn, from occurring,” said Dr. Colsen. “The ring of magnetic beads in the LINX procedure mimics and restores the patient’s natural reflux barrier.”
The magnetic beads inhibit reflux by pulling together to close the sphincter valve. The LINX procedure means the patient will still be able to belch/vomit after surgery as needed, unlike other procedures that create a strictly one-way valve so the patient is left unable to belch or vomit.
The LINX procedure offers excellent outcomes and is an optimal treatment option for patients with GERD. It provides permanent relief from heartburn and reflux symptoms and a patient is able to return to a normal diet quickly, without discomfort.
“I specialize in minimally invasive surgery for a wide range of surgical procedures and I have been performing GERD surgery for many years,” said Dr. Colsen. “I enjoy offering the state-of-the-art LINX procedure to our patients at Glacial Ridge Center for Surgical Care. The LINX device is a highly effective procedure that allows patients to enjoy their lives without gastric distress following the surgery.”
Dr. Colsen is fellowship-trained in minimally invasive procedures, which means she has extensive surgical training. Her surgical skills are nationally recognized and she has given presentations at national events, including being invited to present on hernia repair at the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons.
Learn more about the LINX procedure and GERD, or call 866.667.4747 for more information.