Keck Medical Center of USC will sponsor a free lecture at the University Club of Pasadena, 175 N. Oakland Ave., on January 26, at 6:30 p.m., on a new permanent, drug-free treatment for managing acid reflux, heartburn and GERD â€“ the LINX Reflux Management System.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a chronic, often progressive disease resulting from a weak Lower Esophageal Sphincter (LES).
The LINX Reflux Management System augments the weak LES, restoring the bodyâ€™s natural barrier to reflux.
The LINX System is a small flexible band of interlinked titanium beads with magnetic cores. The magnetic attraction between the beads is intended to help the LES resist opening to gastric pressures, preventing reflux from the stomach into the esophagus.
The LINX System is placed around the esophagus just above the stomach using a common, minimally invasive surgical technique called laparoscopy.
USC Physician JohnÂ Lipham, MD, along with two other USC physicians, will discuss the details of this treatment, if it is the right one for you or your loved one, and its benefits, along with other ways to manage GERD.
Those interested in hearing the lecture are asked to RSVP by logging on toÂ usc.edu/esvp
Â (code: HEALTHMATTERS1) or callingÂ (323) 442-2805