Dr. Trudie Goers, laparoendoscopic and gastrointestinal surgeon with The Surgical Clinic at TriStar Centennial Medical Center made news just over a year ago. in 2016, Dr. Goers became the first Tennessee surgeon to use the new minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure specifically designed for GERD Treatment. Specifically, she used the cutting-edge LINX® Reflux Management System to treat Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).
The Benefits of The LINX® Reflux Management System
“Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is very common and the LINX® Reflux Management System is a great device is a great option for patients who are unable to manage their GERD with short-course antacid medications,” said Trudie Goers, MD, laparoendoscopic and gastrointestinal surgeon.
“Typically, these medications are not meant to be taken for long periods of time and can even have negative side effects. With the LINX procedure, patients are able to eat soft food right after surgery and get back to life and work the next week. It is exciting to introduce this innovative and game-changing procedure here in Tennessee.”
Using the LINX® surgical device, Dr. Goers can also provide patients with acid reflux surgery in Nashville, TN in addition to GERD treatment.
What Problems Does GERD Cause?
Torax® Medical, Inc., makers of the LINX® Reflux Management System, reports that approximately seven million people in the United States have some symptoms of GERD. This condition develops as a result of a weak lower esophageal sphincter that allows harmful gastric fluid to reflux into the esophagus. Symptoms of GERD include heartburn, regurgitation, cough, and chest pain.
Acid suppression drugs, such as Prevacid®, Nexium®, and Prilosec®, affect gastric acid production but do not repair the sphincter defect. As a result, these drugs will not prevent further acid reflux symptoms.
GERD can progress to a pre-cancerous condition known as Barrett’s esophagus. As GERD progresses, the acid can damage teeth, sinuses and can even lead to esophageal cancer. In addition, new studies have shown dangers in using acid suppression drugs over time. As a result, people with GERD must take extra care of their diet.
What Long Can GERD Symptoms Last?
Heartburn can cause burning, pressure, or pain that can last up to 2 hours. It’s usually harsher after a meal. Heartburn can also be caused by lying down or bending over. Many people find that standing upright or taking an antacid that clears acid from the esophagus helps them feel better.
A Thought from Dr. Goers
“At TriStar Centennial, we are always looking to support our physicians in providing patients with the latest advancements in treatment options,” said Heather J. Rohan, President and CEO of TriStar Health. “We are especially proud to be the first in Tennessee to offer this revolutionary and life-altering solution to patients suffering from the effects of severe acid reflux.”
A year later Dr. Goers remains committed to using the LINX® Reflux Management System as a tool to solve GERD symptoms for her patients.
About Torax® Medical
Torax® Medical, Inc. is a privately held medical device company headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Magnetic Sphincter Augmentation (MSA) technology the use was specially developed for treating sphincter disorders. Torax Medical is currently marketing both the LINX® Reflux Management System for the treatment of GERD. Additionally, Torax Medical is marketing its FENIX™ Continence Restoration System for the treatment of Fecal Incontinence (FI) in Europe. For more information, please visit www.toraxmedical.com.
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