WVU Medicine heart and thoracic surgeons continually make advances in treating patients with cardiothoracic diseases, performing hundreds of open-heart and thoracic surgeries each year.

Our surgeons are leaders in minimally invasive techniques and have pioneered the use of off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting procedures that can often eliminate the need for cardiopulmonary bypass.

Our surgeons, residents, and support staff communicate regularly with each patient’s cardiologist and primary care physician, helping patients achieve the best possible outcome and smoothest transition back into the community.

LINX®: A solution for Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

LINX® Reflux Management System, actual size

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is caused by a weak muscle in the esophagus called the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). This muscle acts as a one-way valve, allowing food and liquid to pass into the stomach while preventing backflow into the esophagus. When the LES weakens, harmful stomach acid and bile can flow in the wrong direction and cause damage to the esophagus.

More than 20 million Americans are currently taking medication to control their gastroesophageal reflux disease. About 40 percent of patients on medication for GERD still have symptoms. While medications can often provide some relief, they do not treat the muscle weakness that causes GERD.

Heartburn is the most common symptom of GERD but not the only one:

  • Dental erosion and bad breath
  • Change in voice
  • Cough
  • Hoarseness
  • Sore throat
  • Asthma
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heartburn
  • Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing)
  • Chest pain
  • Regurgitation
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LINX® Reflux Management System: A minimally-invasive solution

The LINX device, roughly the same diameter as a quarter, is a small, flexible ring of magnets that opens to allow food and liquid to pass down and then closes to prevent stomach contents from moving up.

How is LINX implanted?

LINX is implanted using a surgical technique called laparoscopy. This technique uses small incisions in the abdominal wall to access the area around the esophagus where the device will be placed.

When can I start eating normally again?

Patients are encouraged to return to a normal diet as quickly as can be tolerated. This helps the body adapt to LINX.

When can I return to normal physical activities?

Patients are generally able to return to nonstrenuous activity within a couple of days.

Will I be able to belch or vomit with LINX?

LINX preserves normal physiological function so you can belch or vomit as needed. The titanium beads open and close to let food down, and if it needs to come up, it can.

How long will LINX last?

LINX is designed for a lifetime. The device is constructed of titanium, and the permanent magnets mean LINX will be working for you for the long haul.

 

If you’re suffering with GERD or are experiencing symptoms of GERD, talk to your primary care provider or call (855) WVU-CARE for an appointment.

 

 

Ghulam Abbas, MD

Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery, WVU Heart and Vascular Institute; Chief, of Thoracic Surgery; Surgical Director of Thoracic Oncology
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Vinay Badhwar, MD, FACS, FACC

Executive Chair, WVU Heart & Vascular Institute;, WVU Heart and Vascular Institute - Administration; Executive Chair, WVU Heart & Vascular Institute; Gordon F. Murray Professor and Chair, Department of Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery, WVU SOM
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Bryan Bush, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Assistant Professor of Surgery
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Chris Cook, MD

Program Director of the Thoracic Surgery Residency Program, Division of Cardiac Surgery, Associate Professor
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Jeremiah Hayanga , MD


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Takashi Murashita, MD

Clinical Instructor, Heart and Vascular Institute
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Harold Roberts

Co - Directory of Program Integration for Advanced Cardiac Surgery, Division of Cardiac Surgery, Assistant Professor
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Muhammad Salman , MD

Assistant Professor, Surgical Director of Advanced Heart Failure Program
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Kevin Tveter, MD

MD, Heart and Vascular Institute - Morgantown; Assistant Professor of Medicine
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Lawrence Wei, MD

Co-Director, Center for Aortic Surgery and Director, Center for Aortic Valve Disease; Associate Professor of Medicine
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