Trudie A Goers, MD, FACS
Board Certified General Surgery
Dr. Trudie Goers
Board Certified General Surgeon
356 24th Ave. North | Suite 400
Nashville, TN 37203
TEL 615.329.7887 FAX 615.340.4537
Mon – Fri 7:30am – 4:30pm
SATURDAY CLINIC AVAILABLE
Barrx™ HALO System
Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication
Skin Mole Excision
Thyroid and Parathyroid
Ventral Hernia Repair
Treating GERD with LINX
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease or GERD is a condition in which fluids from the stomach wash back into the Esophagus. It is uncomfortable, Often the medications over-the-counter or prescribed just don’t stop the symptoms.
GERD is more than just a nuisance. Over time, the repeated exposure to stomach acids can cause permanent damage to the Esophagus and can even result in cancers. When medications aren’t working, surgery is an option and there is a new surgical procedure called LINX that offers patients a less invasive procedure.
LINX is a procedure that allows the Surgeon to place a beaded necklace made of magnets around the weakened valve area of the Esophagus. These magnets help the valve to stay closed, but can flex when the valve needs to open to allow food to head to the stomach. LINX allows patients to often go home the day of the surgery and begin eating a regular diet right away. Should there ever be a reason to remove the LINX necklace, it can be done in a minimally invasive way and the necklace leaves no permanent change to the Esophagus itself.
If you are suffering from Reflux problems that don’t respond to medication, LINX may be your best move.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
Which type of doctors treat hernias?
A lot of patients wonder ‘what type of doctor do you see for hernia surgery’? Oftentimes, your primary care physician (PCP) can diagnose a hernia in many patients and refer them to see a general surgeon. Most general surgeons specialize in hernia repair surgery. However, knowing which surgeon is best for you and they type of hernia you have is always beneficial.
When meeting with your surgeon, be sure to get as much information as you can before making your decision. At The Surgical Clinic, our surgeons work together to exceed every patient’s results.