Esophageal diseases: New minimally invasive treatments

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

LINX® Reflux Management System, actual size

The WVU Heart and Vascular Institute’s Center for Esophageal Disease is here to provide you with the most cutting-edge therapies in the state of West Virginia for diseases of the esophagus. Our expert diagnosis and treatment methods are available to help you with a variety of esophageal conditions. We examine the issue closely with highly-advanced imaging and diagnostics, and our minimally invasive and robotic surgery options will have you back to your normal routine sooner than most procedures.

GERD
About 40 percent of patients on medication for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) still experience symptoms. If GERD continues to impact your quality of life, WVU Medicine offers more permanent forms of relief with the TIF procedure and the LINX® Reflux Management System. WVU Medicine has the only physicians in the state of West Virginia and the surrounding region that are trained and certified to perform the TIF Procedure.

  • TIF
    With fewer adverse effects than traditional GERD procedures, the transoral incisionless fundoplication (TIF) is performed through the mouth instead of abdominal incisions. This outpatient treatment method offers GERD sufferers a quicker recovery and improved outcomes than traditional anti-reflux surgery.
  • LINX
    Most patients no longer need to take reflux medication after receiving the LINX procedure. The LINX® Reflux Management System is a permanent, drug-free treatment for GERD that involves placing a small band of magnetized titanium beads, roughly the diameter of a quarter, at the base of the esophagus. The device opens to allow food and liquid to pass down and then closes to prevent stomach contents from moving up. Read a LINX patient story: WVU Heart and Vascular Institute doctor stops a cough, changes a woman’s life

Achalasia
Are you affected by an esophageal disorder called achalasia that disrupts proper swallowing? WVU Medicine experts provide relief with a minimally invasive, incisionless procedure called peroral endoscopic myotomy (POEM). WVU Medicine performed the first POEM procedure in the state of West Virginia.

  • POEM
    Using an endoscope through the mouth to reach the esophagus, WVU Medicine surgeons remove some of the muscles that surround the esophagus area and stomach to allow food to pass with less resistance. You’ll have a shorter recovery with POEM compared to traditional surgery, and most patients go home the same day as the procedure.

For questions or to make an appointment, call 855-WVU-CARE / Visit WVUMedicine.org for more about services.